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03 January, 2016

Search The Scriptures —Study 3— 1 Timothy 3:1-13

Study 3 From The Book of 1 Timothy is: 1 Timothy 3:13

1.    Verses 1-7. What are the qualities required in those who exercise leadership in the Church? Note what Paul says about their (a) personal character, (b) Christian experience, (c) general reputation, and (d) abilities.  Why does Paul put such stress upon the personal life of a Christian Leader?
2.    What qualities are necessary for deacons (verses 8-10, 12, 13) and deaconesses (verse 11)? Compare your answer with the answer to Question 1. Note how largely the element of self-discipline enters into these qualifications. In the light of this passage, how do I measure up to the standard God requires?
1     Verse 1. ‘Bishop’: the bishop here must not be identified with a present-day bishop.  The Greek word means ‘one who exercises oversight’. There were a number of such men in each congregation (see Phil. 1:1); and they were also called ‘elders’ or ‘presbyters’.  See Ti. 1:5, 7; Acts 20:17, 28, av and rv.
2     Verse. ‘Married only once’: cf. 3:12; 5:9; Rom. 7:1-3.

3     Verse 6. ‘The condemnation of the devil’: this probably means to fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil for his sin of pride.