Bible Study 1 Timothy 3 (cont)

June 24, 2018

Read 1 Timothy 3:1-5

This is a faithful and trustworthy saying: if any man [eagerly] seeks the office of [a]overseer (bishop, superintendent), he desires an excellent task. 

Now an overseer must be blameless and beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine, not a bully nor quick-tempered and hot-headed, but gentle and considerate, free from the love of money [not greedy for wealth and its inherent power—financially ethical]. 

He must manage his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity [keeping them respectful and well-behaved] (for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?). 

 

Q. Do we need to check our motives if we have a desire to be a leader?

- if your motive is to control then that isn't a pure motive because it is exploitative and manipulative

- you may want it for attention, not glorifying God but for person credit and gratification

 

Q. Why does the Bible use the word perfect?

- it means maturity rather being flawless

 

Read v7.

He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

 

Q. What do you get from this verse?

That we are constantly being watched by the world and by God, so we should strive to lead by an example as we imitate Christ.

 

In summary:

Leadership in church is not about election or popularity, they are chosen by God based on character and willingness to follow His word. The standards are very high but we should always strive for them. A key thing to remember is self-discipline.

 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

We know that you put desires in our hearts, and we thank you for any dream or vision you instil in us. Help us to see the process as pregnancy with patience, growth and birth at the right time. Help us to have the desire to be more like you.

In Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

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