Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons

1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.
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2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
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3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of fulla respect.
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    • d 3:4 - Or "him with proper"
      5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)
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      6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
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      7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
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      8 In the same way, deaconsb are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
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        • e 3:8 - The word "deacons" refers here to Christians designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in verse 12; Romans 16:1 and Phil. 1:1.
          9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
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          10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
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          11 In the same way, the womenc are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
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            • f 3:11 - Possibly deacons’ wives or women who are deacons
              12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well.
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                  13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

                  Reasons for Paul’s Instructions

                  14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
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                      15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
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                      16 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit,dwas seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
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                        • g 3:16 - Or "vindicated in spirit"