If you want to build a building that will last, you start with an architect who will draw you some blueprints that the contractor will use. The church has a blueprint in the Bible that has structured it for success. In the Pastoral epistle to Titus, Paul lays out how older men are to provide an example for the younger men to follow to ensure that success.
“Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.”
Paul gave the church a structure that would ensure its success. Older men are to set the example in how they live by being dignified, sensible, and sound in their faith. Older women are to mentor younger women in how to raise their children. If this system is effective, the church will be sustained for generations. If there is a breakdown in any of these areas, you will see the church and families begin to crumble. It is the role of the church leadership to uphold this standard and hold everyone accountable.
When older men aren’t self-controlled, it has a chain reaction. Younger men become selfish and don’t take care of their families. There becomes an undue burden on the church, and soon it starts to impact the community. A church full of strong families led by mature men and women changes the communities in which they live. Communities need strong churches to counteract the ills that tear at their fabric.
Structured for Success
Jesus has structured the church for success. It starts with older men who are mature in their faith. They have faithfully followed Jesus and grown in the fruit of the Spirit, which is evident in their self-control, dignity, and love. These are men called to lead their marriages, families, and the church. With them in place, the Holy Spirit can work through the Word of God being preached, and the community can be reached.