1 Timothy 3:1-7 NLT

1 It is a true saying that if someone wants to be an elder, a he desires an honorable responsibility.

References for 1 Timothy 3:1

    • d 3:1 - Greek <I>overseer;</I> also in 3:2.
      2 For an elder must be a man whose life cannot be spoken against. He must be faithful to his wife. b He must exhibit self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home and must be able to teach.

      References for 1 Timothy 3:2

        • e 3:2 - Greek <I>be the husband of one wife;</I> also in 3:12.
          3 He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, peace loving, and not one who loves money.
          4 He must manage his own family well, with children who respect and obey him.
          5 For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God's church?
          6 An elder must not be a new Christian, because he might be proud of being chosen so soon, and the Devil will use that pride to make him fall. c

          References for 1 Timothy 3:6

            • f 3:6 - Or <I>he might fall into the same judgment as the Devil.</I>
              7 Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not fall into the Devil's trap and be disgraced.