1 Timothy 3:5-7

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.

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2 responses to “1 Timothy 3:5-7

  1. Pastors must manage their own lives, and their own families first. Pushing aside your families for your ministries is a trap of the devil and will move you out of God’s favor.

    They must be mature in their faith. Recent converts, full of zeal, are a bonus for the kingdom and can invigorate bodies. But they are not to shepherd until their faith has matured.

    It is important that pastors be well thought of in the community. This factors a lot in their personal appearance, and how they conduct themselves outside of their church and away from their congregation.

  2. It amazes me how true the Bible is. So many times a pastor is judged based on their family, (or sadly solely on their family’s failures), the truth in their teaching, or how they conduct themselves on a daily basis. This passage reminds me of the description of Christ in Luke 2:52 where Jesus is described as growing in favor with God and men.

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