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1 Timothy 3:1–7

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Paul gives four basic requirements for the leaders of a church. He begins by emphasizing that leadership is a good thing and insists that leaders must be a certain kind of person, a person's who character is above reproach. To appoint unqualified people to leadership is a sin, and those appointing them share in the responsibiltiy when they fail and damage the church. But elders must also have a proven managerial ability of people, be spiritually mature, and have a good reputation in the eyes of people outside the church.



“Development of christian ministry”

Nature of the lists

1. Official, but not checklists

2. Are there any other qualities and elder must have?

3. Duties?

4. Why are overseers and deacons so similar?

5. Raises authorship issues

Church leadership is a good thing (3:1)

1. Hard work

2. Other impediments

1. An overseer (elder) must be above reproach (3:2–3)

“Must be”

“Above reproach”

“Husband of one wife”

“One – wife husband”

1. Must be married

2. Prohibition of someone married more than once (death/divorce)

3. Polygamy/Concubines (Grudem)

4. Faithfulness in marriage — “one-woman [type of] man”

Able to teach

What separates elders from deacons

“Able to teach” (ESV) sounds like an elder must be able, but doesn’t have to

Church not led by administrators

2. Proven managerial ability in the home (3:4–5)



3. Spiritually mature (3:6)

Elder (quickly) given power — pride often follow

“Judgment of the devil”

4. Good reputation in the eyes of people outside the church (3:7)

Major error in my commentary

Satan is on a feeding frenzy

Leadership Wars

How do we raise up elders?

Who are these “elders” today?

What if you are not in a house church?

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