Re: Verse reading–1 Timothy 3:1-13 (day one)
“An overseer (Pastor) must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach. . .Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain.” v2, 8.
His life is almost over. After 3 decades of missionary/pastoral ministry, the Apostle Paul sits (again) in a Roman jail cell. He will be executed soon. He is not, however, afraid. His concern is for the churches, for his Christian friends. With clear confidence in the future and the Lord who will guide His church into it, He writes to Timothy. Appoint leaders! Set the bar high! In character, in ability. Look for men who are filled with the Spirit, self-controlled, respectable, good examples that others will want to follow! “I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.”–General Robert E. Lee. Then, and now, the church is looking for leaders.