1 Timothy 3
Paul gives qualifications for overseers (elders) and deacons/deaconesses in the church. In verse 1, Paul states that the office of an elder is a noble task. Verses 2-7 list the qualities for an elder: above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate (with alcohol), self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, gentle, not violent or quarrelsome, not a lover of money, respectful manager of his own family (his children obey him), not a recent convert (to avoid conceit), and have a good reputation with outsiders. Verses 3-12 list the qualities for deacons/deaconesses: worthy of respect, sincere, temperate, honest, adhere to truths of the faith, not gossips, faithful to their spouse, manage their own children and household well and tested with nothing found against them.
Wow! The qualifications for elders and deacons/deaconesses are truly impressive--and impossible apart from the indwelling work of the Holy Spirit creating godliness (see verse 16). Note--the qualification list does not include charisma, physical appearance or political correctness... But, elders and deacons are to be mature followers of Jesus, emulating His character, in their own homes and in the church. Elders are to teach--and to live what they teach in their families first and then in the church. As leaders, they guide the church to mature in Jesus. Elders and deacons are to be known for their integrity inside and outside the church.
Dear Father, thank you for sending Jesus to us, to save us! Apart from Him we are stuck with our own wretched character. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who indwells us and grows us to be like Jesus. Father, thank you for your patience as we grow. Thank you for growing and appointing godly elders and deacons/deaconesses at Trinity. May you continue to grow them in love for you, their families and the Trinity family. May you protect them from the wiles of the devil, who seeks to defame you. May we, the Trinity family, pray without ceasing for them as they serve and guide us. May we respect them and submit to their leadership. Amen
Posted on Tue, June 30, 2015
by joel king