READ: 1 Timothy 3:2-7
- The overarching concept for an overseer is being above reproach [blameless]. This is a term that indicates a level of character that others would never blame him for doing something wrong. In fact, their natural reaction would be, “He’d never do/say/believe that.” It doesn’t mean perfection, but it does indicate an exemplary reputation among others. People would never expect him to do anything untoward.
- Following that umbrella term there are words indicating key elements of character. One indicates faithfulness [husband of one wife]. Two indicate ability [able to teach and manage his house]. The remainder are character qualities. Then, finally, there is a warning. We should not have men who are young in the faith. They are more easily tempted to be arrogant about their roles and see themselves in charge and/or above others.
- Nothing is more important to a church than its leadership. And nothing is more important in leadership than character. The right kind of men will produce the right kind of church. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. The wrong kind of men will produce an unhealthy church. Great care must always be taken when considering a church’s leadership.
- How would you explain the difference between perfect and blameless?
- Why do you think so few abilities are identified?
- Why should a man be able to manage his house before he’s made an elder in the church?
PRAY: Thank God for our elders. Pray that they maintain their character as being above reproach. Pray for our young men to aspire to such a level of character and service.