1 Timothy 3: Church Leadership

Why is church leadership a worthwhile goal? When is it not a good goal?

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1 Timothy 3:1 This saying is absolutely true: people who seek a position of church leadership have a worthwhile goal.
King James
1 Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

What do you think is the most important qualification for leaders?

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1 Timothy 3:2–7 Leaders must be blameless, their sins in the past, with only one spouse. They need to be watchful, temperate, and on their best behavior, welcoming strangers and eager to teach the truth of Jesus Christ. They should avoid drunkenness and violence, being gentle and understanding of others, not argumentative or seeking personal gain. Who they are in public should be evident at home, parenting respectful, obedient children. We should question their leadership ability in the church if they can’t handle their affairs at home. Don’t make leaders out of novices, lest their pride lead them into condemnation and a downfall like Satan. They should be well respected in the community so they can avoid reproach and Satan’s snares.
King James
1 Timothy 3:2–7 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

How can all the leadership qualifications be met?

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1 Timothy 3:2–7 Leaders must be blameless, their sins in the past, with only one spouse. They need to be watchful, temperate, and on their best behavior, welcoming strangers and eager to teach the truth of Jesus Christ. They should avoid drunkenness and violence, being gentle and understanding of others, not argumentative or seeking personal gain. Who they are in public should be evident at home, parenting respectful, obedient children. We should question their leadership ability in the church if they can’t handle their affairs at home. Don’t make leaders out of novices, lest their pride lead them into condemnation and a downfall like Satan. They should be well respected in the community so they can avoid reproach and Satan’s snares.
King James
1 Timothy 3:2–7 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

What is the difference between a servant and a leader?

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1 Timothy 3:8–13 Servants should act with integrity, being honest and generous, not greedy or inclined to drink too much, with a clear conscience committed to the mystery of our faith. Let people prove themselves first. Then they will be blameless in their position of ministry. In the same way, their spouses should be respected, temperate, and trustworthy, not accusing others. They should have one spouse and be good, responsible parents. Those committed to serving well in their position of ministry will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to act and speak boldly concerning their faith in Christ Jesus.
King James
1 Timothy 3:8–13 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Why might Paul meeting Timothy have been in doubt?

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1 Timothy 3:14–15 As I write these things, I anticipate being with you soon. But if my arrival is delayed, you are firmly established in the faith and know what to do.
King James
1 Timothy 3:14–15 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

What does it mean to be Christ-like?

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John 14:9 “Philip! Have I been with you so long and you still do not recognize who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. So why do you ask me to show him to you?”
1 Timothy 3:16 Without a doubt, how to be God-like was a great mystery until we saw him in the person of Jesus Christ, who was God in human flesh, perfect in spirit, seen of angels. A messenger to those who didn’t know God, he was believed by many in the world, and then he ascended into glory
King James
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

To be people who “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ,” exactly what must they believe?

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1 Timothy 3:16 Without a doubt, how to be God-like was a great mystery until we saw him in the person of Jesus Christ, who was God in human flesh, perfect in spirit, seen of angels. A messenger to those who didn’t know God, he was believed by many in the world, and then he ascended into glory.
King James
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.