1 Timothy 3:1-16
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Focus Verses: 1 Timothy 3:8-9
In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not
indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must
keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10
They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them,
let them serve as deacons.
who aspire to leadership and service roles in the church are desiring
something good. But in order to lead and serve effectively, as Paul
points out, it is essential for those who desire to lead and serve to
first demonstrate their faith and integrity in their everyday lives.
They should be respected, self-controlled, sincere, honest, and
selfless. They should also be people with depth who cherish and chew on
the deep truths of the faith. In other words, the sincerity of their
walk with Christ should be nourished by deep roots, and be evidenced
in fruitful lives.
Response and Action:
wholehearted desire to be taught and guided by Christ must precede my
desire to have a role of leadership and service in the life of the
Church. I will give myself fully to knowing and following Christ. I
will meditate on the deep truths of the Scriptures and apply them to my
life in practical and specific ways. I will make every effort to
live out my faith by God's grace; then I will be prepared for ministry
to others as a leader and a servant.
God, give me a sincere heart that seeks you. Help me to follow and
emulate Christ in the actions and conduct of my daily life. Give me
eyes to see and ears to hear the deep truths of faith. Prepare me for
acts of service, and help me to approach every opportunity to lead with
selfless integrity. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Proverbs 10:17
17 "He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray."
Basic Christian Leadership: Biblical Models
by John R. W. Stott