Bible Text: 1 Timothy 3:1-7
1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
Reflection & Application
1 Timothy 3:1-4
- What is involved in being an overseer? What aspects of life does the list cover?
- In what ways am I seeking status over responsibility?
1 Timothy 3:6-7
- An overseer is equivalent to a pastor or an elder. What are some reasons a recent convert might become conceited if he were appointed an overseer?
- How does this passage warn against compartmentalization of one’s faith? List examples of compartmentalization of faith that result in “falling into the condemnation of the devil.”