Lesson 107

"What Defines a Christian Leader, and Why is This Important?"

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Standards for church leaders
1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (for if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9 holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
14  These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: 15 but if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.


Lesson No. 107  (1 Tim: 3)    "What Defines a Christian Leader, and         

                                                                   Why is This Important?"

Book of 1st Timothy, Chapter 3                                07/22/2012                 

1)     What is  Paul talking about regarding desiring the office of 'bishop' as a good work?  (verse 1)

2)     What are the qualifications of an elder?  There are seventeen things listed in verses 2 through 7:


         Blameless, one wife, vigilant, sober, good behavior, teacher,

         not an alcoholic, no striker, not greedy for filthy riches, patient, not a brawler, not covetous, rules his house well,     children well behaved, experienced, not prideful but humble,

         and good report (reputation) with the poor

3) How about the qualifications of the deacons?  (verses 8 - 13)

         Grave, not double tongued, non-drinker, not greedy, keeping the faith of the gospel, proven in trails, experienced,    blameless, one wife, and household and family in order.

4) Paul then goes on to talk about deacon and elder wives!  (verse         11)  Wives to be grave, not slanders, sober, and faithful in all things.

5) Why all these qualifications?  Hint- verses 13 through 16.

6)  All so there is no 'controversy' so that.....verse 16!!!

7) If you would like a quick summary of our Christian faith, something to sign your letters with, check out the second part of verse 16.