1 Timothy 3
Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons
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 goodbehaviour, 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 ownhouse, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5 (For if a man know not how torule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6 Not a novice, lestbeing lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7 Moreover * hemust have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and thesnare of the devil.
8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not givento much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pureconscience.
10 And let these also first be proved ; then let them use the office of adeacon , 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 theirchildren and their own houses well.
13 For they that have used the office of a deaconwell purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is inChrist Jesus.
14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
15But if I tarry long , that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in thehouse of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
16And 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 theworld, received up into glory.