Bible: 1 Timothy 3:1-13

Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons

3:1 This saying 1  is trustworthy: “If someone aspires to the office of overseer, 2  he desires a good work.” 3:2 The overseer 3  then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, 4  temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, 3:3 not a drunkard, not violent, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money. 3:4 He must manage his own household well and keep his children in control without losing his dignity. 5  3:5 But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God? 3:6 He must not be a recent convert or he may become arrogant 6  and fall into the punishment that the devil will exact. 7  3:7 And he must be well thought of by 8  those outside the faith, 9  so that he may not fall into disgrace and be caught by the devil’s trap. 10 

3:8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, 11  not two-faced, 12  not given to excessive drinking, 13  not greedy for gain, 3:9 holding to the mystery of the faith 14  with a clear conscience. 3:10 And these also must be tested first and then let them serve as deacons if they are found blameless. 3:11 Likewise also their wives 15  must be dignified, not slanderous, temperate, faithful in every respect. 3:12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife 16  and good managers of their children and their own households. 3:13 For those who have served well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves 17  and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. 18 

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