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1 If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
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, 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
3 not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
4 He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
5 For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God's church? 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, 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. 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
7 Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
8 The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. 8 Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
9 They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
10 Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11 No exceptions are to be made for women - same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. 11 In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
12 Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. 12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well.
13 Those who do this servant work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
14 I hope to visit you soon, but just in case I'm delayed, I'm writing this letter so 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
15 you'll know how things ought to go in God's household, this God-alive church, bastion of truth. 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.
16 This Christian life is a great mystery, far exceeding our understanding, but some things are clear enough: He appeared in a human body, was proved right by the invisible Spirit, was seen by angels. He was proclaimed among all kinds of peoples, believed in all over the world, taken up into heavenly glory. 16 Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.