Thursday, November 13, 2008

Requirements of a Pastor:

1 Timothy 3:1-7:

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

Ministers, in order to be burning and shining lights, should walk closely with God, and keep near to Christ; that they may ever be enlightened and enkindled by him. And they should be much in seeking God, and conversing with him in prayer, who is the fountain of light and love. -Jonathan Edwards.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Personal Study.

As a part of a personal study, I'm going to blog some of my ideas here.

Requirements of a deacon:

1 Timothy 3: 8-13:

Deacons likewise must be:
  • dignified
  • not double-tongued
  • not addicted to much wine
  • not greedy for dishonest gain
  • They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
  • And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.
  • Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife
  • managing their children and their own households well.
  • For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.