1 Timothy 3: Elders must rule their family well

If a man does not know how to rule his own house, will he be able to take care of the church of God?

1 Timothy 3:1-7

He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity

1 Timothy 3:1-7 - ESV
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The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.
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Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
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not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
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He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,
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for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?
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He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.
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Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

  1. Is it good if a man desires the position of an overseer (bishop)?
    • 1 Timothy 3:1 - ESV
      The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.
  2. How must the character of an overseer be?
    • 1 Timothy 3:2-3 - ESV
      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.
  3. How must he rule his own house?
    • 1 Timothy 3:4-5 - ESV
      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?
  4. If a man does not know how to rule his own house, will he be able to take care of the church of God?
    • 1 Timothy 3:4-5 - ESV
      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?
  5. What will happen if he is a novice (a young, unseasoned believer)?
    • 1 Timothy 3:6 - ESV
      He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.
  6. How must an overseer be with those outside (in his community)?
    • 1 Timothy 3:7 - ESV
      Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.