Exhort by Sound Doctrine

Titus 1:9

“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”

In the above verse, we have the final advice that the apostle Paul wrote to Titus concerning the qualifications of an elder. According to this advice, only a man, who is “holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught” in the Scriptures, can be considered to be appointed to the leadership of the church. His teaching and life must show that he clings on or adheres to the sound doctrines and counsels of God’s Word.

Every pastor (who is a teaching elder) and every ruling elder must be unwaveringly loyal to Scripture. Only such a man will exhort God’s people with sound doctrine. How can a man who neglects God’s Word in his own life be a faithful teacher of God’s Word in the church? In his teaching, the church leader’s sole objective must be to enlighten the congregation on the God-given doctrines and principles which they should believe in and obey. If the one who assumes church leadership is not well equipped to teach God’s Word, or is slack in living a biblical life, he will be an utter failure in the leadership of the church.

So, let us pray that God will grant us men like Ezra, who “prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments” (Ezra 7:10). May our leaders be “mighty in the Scriptures” (Acts 18:24b)

Prabhudas Koshy