Qualification of Church LeadersOverseers above reproachhusband of one wifesober-mindedself-controlledrespectablehospitableable to teachnot a drunkardnot violent but gentlenot quarrelsomenot a lover of moneymust manage own household wellmaintains dignity with submissive childrennot a recent convertwell thought of by outsidersDeacons dignifiednot double-tonguednot addicted to much winenot greedy for dishonest gainmust hold the mystery of
Pray for All PeopleFirst of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2 Pray not
Don't Let Debate Distract You[Charge them] not to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculation rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. – 1 Timothy 1:4 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussions, desiring to be teachers of
Don't Be IdleNow we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. – 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Idleness means having nothing to do. This
Beware of FraudWe ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way.
Affliction and ReliefSince indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us... (1:6-7) 3 truths from this verse: 1. The World Inflicts Affliction Toward Us We live in a world where
Of Light, Not Darkness"But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness." – 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 There's a clear distinction between
Private Victory First"and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one." 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 Paul commands the Thessalonians as such. We