Overseer And Deacon


1 Timothy 3:1-13 (NIV)

Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.

*******

An overseer, an elder or a bishop is responsible for the spiritual ministry in the church.

It is a good aspiration.

*******

The first thing about the overseer is he must be above reproach.

There shouldn't be anything in his life that would cause people to reproach him and the Lord Jesus Christ whom he serves.

*******

He must be completely devoted to the woman he married to right now.

*******

He must be sober and free from self-indulgence.

*******

He must be a respectable man.

*******

He must be friendly.

He must show care and concern for people.

*******

He must be able to teach the Word of God.

He must know the Word and is able to tell others what it says.

*******

He is to abstain from drinking alcohol.

*******

He must be gentle and uncontentious.

*******

He must be free from the love of money.

*******

He must manage his own household well.

His children may not be perfect.

But he will consistently discipline rebellion in his children with the proper seriousness, and raise them in a godly home.

*******

He must not be a new convert.

*******

He must have a reputation of a good man, a good Christian, a good employee, a good neighbor, etc.

*******

The next office in the church is the deacon.

He has to do with the physical ministry in the church.

*******

Deacon must be a man of dignity.

He must be sincere.

He must show proper seriousness when he ministers to the people's needs.

*******

He must not be addicted to much wine.

He must not get drunk.

*******

He must never accept or pursue dirty money.

*******

He must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.

*******

He must first be tested.

He must pass the test of time, the testing of faith, the test of his life, etc.

If he is above reproach, then let him serve as a deacon.

*******

His wife must be worthy of respect.

His wife must not be malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

*******

He must be a man of one woman.

He must esteem marriage highly.

*******

He must manage his family well.

*******

He who serves well as a deacon will obtain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

*******

Are you interested to serve as an overseer or a deacon in your church?

0 comments: