1 Timothy 3. Forum Discussion

In Chapter 3, Paul describes the qualifications for Elders, Deacons and how one should conduct themselves in the household of God.

ELDERS SHOULD BE

  • Above reproach
  • The husband of one wife
  • Temperate
  • Prudent
  • Respectable
  • Hospitable
  • Able to teach
  • Gentle
  • Peaceable
  • Free from the love of money
  • One who manages their own household well
  • People with a good reputation with those outside of the church

ELDERS SHOULD NOT BE

  • Addicted to wine
  • Pugnacious
  • A new convert

DEACONS SHOULD BE

  • Men of dignity
  • Holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience
  • Men that have been tested
  • Beyond reproach
  • Husbands of only one wife
  • Good managers of their children and their own households

DEACONS SHOULD NOT BE

  • Double-tongued
  • Addicted to much wine
  • Fond of sordid gain

Paul writes that he is writing these things, “So that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.” - Amen

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Jmack3388

In discussing the qualifications of Deacons, Paul writes, "These men must also first be tested." The trials and tribulations that we face should be viewed as assets, not liabilities. They shape us into the people that God wants us to be to lead others to Christ with God's help.

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