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1 Timothy 3

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Bishops and Deacons

This is a faithful saying: if a man seeks the office of an overseer, he desires a good work. +
The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching; +
not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; +
one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence; +
(but if a man doesn't know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the assembly of God?) +
not a new convert, lest being puffed up he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. +
Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil. +
Servants , in the same way, must be reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for money; +
holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. +
Let them also first be tested; then let them serve if they are blameless. +
Their wives in the same way must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. +
Let servants be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. +
For those who have served well gain for themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. +
These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly; +
but if I wait long, that you may know how men ought to behave themselves in God's house, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. +
Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great:God was revealed in the flesh,justified in the spirit,seen by angels,preached among the nations,believed on in the world,and received up in glory. +

1 Timothy 2  1 Timothy 4