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.

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      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"