Respecting and Rebuking the Saints

Artwork for Excellence in Ministry: Finishing Well—Doing What’s Best in the Challenges of Ministry

Paul made clear the purpose of his first letter to Timothy: “so that [we] will know how [we] ought to conduct [ourselves] in the household of God” (1 Timothy 3:15). We’ve noted that ministry would be easier if people pursued godliness, then they’d know how to behave in church. Some do, and some don’t. Those who do deserve our respect. And those who don’t deserve a rebuke. But how do we go about respecting and rebuking the saints? What is appropriate and what isn’t? Thank God He gave us 1 Timothy to answer these questions and serve as our guide.