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1 Timothy 3:1-7 (The Message)

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1 If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! 2 But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he's talking about, 3 not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. 4 He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. 5 For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God's church? 6 He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. 7 Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.
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