Those men who have leadership roles in the church must be especially conscious of setting a good example for the flock.

Those men who have leadership roles in the church must be especially conscious of setting a good example for the flock.

BibleGateway: 1 Timothy 3:1-13

ESV Text: 1 Timothy 3:1-13

1 Timothy 3:1–13 (Listen)

Qualifications for Overseers

3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer1 must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,2 sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

Qualifications for Deacons

Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,3 not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise4 must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

Footnotes

[1] 3:2 Or bishop; Greek episkopos; a similar term occurs in verse 1

[2] 3:2 Or a man of one woman; also verse 12

[3] 3:8 Or devious in speech

[4] 3:11 Or Wives likewise, or Women likewise

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     1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

     8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 474 :
Zion Stands by Hills Surrounded

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1. Zion stands by hills surrounded, 
Zion, kept by power divine; 
All her foes shall be confounded 
Though the world in arms combine. 
Happy Zion, 
What a favored lot is thine! 

2. Every human tie may perish, 
Friend to friend unfaithful prove, 
Mothers cease their own to cherish, 
Heaven and earth at last remove; 
But no changes 
Can attend Jehovah’s love. 

3. In the furnace God may prove thee, 
Thence to bring thee forth more bright, 
But can never cease to love thee; 
Thou art precious in His sight. 
God is with thee, 
God, thine everlasting Light. 


Hymn: LSB 652 Father, We Thank Thee
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