1 Timothy 3: Godly Everywhere They Go

I am struck today in this section on qualifications for church leaders like elders and deacons that how these men are viewed in and interact with the wider public of a community is as important to whether they can be leaders as their ability, their church personas, their management skills, their intelligence, and their financial success.

In addition, he [an elder] must have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he may not incur reproach and fall into the devil’s snare. (3:7)

Those who serve you well as deacons, you see, gain a good platform for themselves to speak out boldly in the faith which is in King Jesus. (3:13)

Church leaders exist for the church, but who they are to a wider public must be considered as well.

What struck you today?

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4 thoughts on “1 Timothy 3: Godly Everywhere They Go

  1. Many are Cold but few are Frozen

  2. Melanie

    The Message calls the two groups leaders and servants and seems to imply basically the same expectations for each. I thought that idea packed a whollop.

  3. “For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church?”

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