1 Timothy - 3


1Here is a saying that you can rely on: to want to be a presiding elder is to desire a noble task. 2That is why the presiding elder must have an impeccable character. Husband of one wife, he must betemperate, discreet and courteous, hospitable and a good teacher; 3not a heavy drinker, nor hot-tempered, but gentle and peaceable, not avaricious, 4a man who manages his own household wel and brings his children up to obey him and be wel -behaved: 5how can any man who does not understand how to manage his own household take care of the Churchof God? 6He should not be a new convert, in case pride should turn his head and he incur the samecondemnation as the devil. 7It is also necessary that he be held in good repute by outsiders, so that he never falls into disrepute andinto the devil's trap. 8Similarly, deacons must be respectable, not double-tongued, moderate in the amount of wine they drinkand with no squalid greed for money. 9They must hold to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10They are first to be examined, and admitted to serve as deacons only if there is nothing against them. 11Similarly, women must be respectable, not gossips, but sober and whol y reliable. 12Deacons must be husbands of one wife and must be people who manage their children andhouseholds wel . 13Those of them who carry out their duties wel as deacons wil earn a high standing for themselves andan authoritative voice in matters concerning faith in Christ Jesus. 14I write this to you in the hope that I may be able to come to you soon; 15but in case I should be delayed, I want you to know how people ought to behave in God's household --that is, in the Church of the living God, pillar and support of the truth. 16Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is very deep indeed: He was made visible in the flesh,justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed to the gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up inglory.
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