This Sunday, I’ll be preaching from 1Tim 3.1-7 on the qualifications of church elders. In these verses Paul describes the qualities and character traits that should mark an elder out among his congregation. It’s of course true that these qualities should characterize every Christian; but they should be preeminently characteristic of men whom God raises up as elders. I’ll also speak about how God calls you to live under your elders in a way that honor Him and His calling upon your elders.


Dr. James La Belle

Pastor La Belle was born in Florida, raised in Alabama until he was 15 years old, and then lived in Washington until he was 30, when he and his family left for Seminary in Philadelphia. He and his wife Chantry have been married for 24 years and have 7 children from ages 19 to 9: River, Schylie, Forrest, Terra, Sandy, Rocky, and Chantry. Pastor La Belle has published two books with Joel Beeke (Living by God's Promises and Living Zealously), with a third forthcoming (Living for God's Glory in Marriage) and is currently working on a Doctorate in Puritan Studies.

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