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Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons- 1 Timothy 3:1-13

1 TIMOTHY 3:1-13- THE SAYING IS TRUSTWORTHY: IF ANYONE ASPIRES TO THE OFFICE OF OVERSEER, THEY DESIRE A NOBLE TASK.  THEREFORE AN OVERSEER MUST BE ABOVE REPROACH, THE SPOUSE OF ONE, SOBER-MINDED, SELF-CONTROLLED, RESPECTABLE, HOSPITABLE, ABLE TO TEACH, NOT A DRUNKARD, NOT VIOLENT BUT GENTLE, NOT QUARRELSOME, NOT A LOVER OF MONEY.  THEY MUST MANGE THEIR OWN HOUSEHOLD WELL, WITH ALL DIGNITY KEEPING THEIR CHILDREN SUBMISSIVE.  FOR IF SOMEONE DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO MANGE THEIR OWN HOUSEHOLD, HOW WILL THEY CARE FOR GOD’S CHURCH?  THEY MUST NOT BE A RECENT CONVERT, OR THEY MAY BECOME PUFFED UP WITH CONCEIT AND FALL INTO THE CONDEMNATION OF THE DEVIL.  MOREOVER, THEY MUST BE WELL THOUGHT OF BY OUTSIDERS, SO THAT THEY MAY NOT FALL INTO DISGRACE, INTO THE SNARE OF THE DEVIL.  DEACONS LIKEWISE MUST BE DIGNIFIED, NOT DOUBLE-TONGUED, NOT ADDICTED TO MUCH WINE, NOT GREEDY FOR DISHONEST GAIN.  THEY MUST HOLD THE MYSTERY OF THE FAITH WITH A CLEAR CONSCIENCE.  AND LET THEM ALSO BE TESTED FIRST; THEN LET THEM SERVE AS DEACONS IF THEY PROVE THEMSELVES BLAMELESS.  THEIR SPOUSES LIKEWISE MUST BE DIGNIFIED, NOT SLANDERERS, BUT SOBER-MINDED, FAITHFUL IN ALL THINGS.  LET DEACONS EACH BE THE SPOUSE OF ONE, MANAGING THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR OWN HOUSEHOLDS WELL.  FOR THOSE WHO SERVE WELL AS DEACONS GAIN A GOOD STANDING FOR THEMSELVES AND ALSO GREAT CONFIDENCE IN THE FAITH THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS.