1 This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position.”
References for 1 Timothy 3:1
    • a 3:1 - Or an overseer, or a bishop; also in 3:2, 6 .
      2 So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach.
      References for 1 Timothy 3:2
        • b 3:2 - Or must have only one wife, or must be married only once; Greek reads must be the husband of one wife; also in 3:12 .
          3 He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money.
          References for 1 Timothy 3:3
            • c 3:3 - Greek must not drink too much wine; similarly in 3:8 .
              4 He must manage his own family well, having 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 believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.
              References for 1 Timothy 3:6
                • d 3:6 - Or he might fall into the same judgment as the devil.
                  7 Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.
                  8 In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money.
                  9 They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience.
                  10 Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.
                  11 In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.
                  References for 1 Timothy 3:11
                    • e 3:11 - Or the women deacons. The Greek word can be translated women or wives.
                      12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well.
                      13 Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.