1Timothy 3:1-13

  1. Verses 1-7. What are the qualities required in those who exercise leadership in the church? Note what Paul says about their:
    (a) personal character,
    (b) Christian experience,
    (c) general reputation, and
    (d) abilities. Why does Paul put such stress on the personal life of a Christian leader?
  2. What qualities are necessary for deacons (verses 8-10, 12, 13) and deaconesses (verse 11)?
    Compare your answer with the answer to question 1. Note how largely the element of self-discipline enters into these qualifications. In the light of this passage, how do I measure up to the standard God requires?