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1 Timothy 3 : Leaders of the church

v1 These words are true: ĎIt is good work to lead a *church. So, it is good if someone wants to become a leader of the *church.í v2 A leader must live a good life. Then nobody can say anything bad about him. He must be the husband of one wife. He must think seriously and he must rule himself well. He must always do what is proper. He must be happy to have visitors in his home. He must be a good teacher. v3 He should not want to drink too much *wine. He must not get angry quickly and fight people. But he should be kind. He should not be quick to quarrel with people. He must not want lots of money. v4 He must rule his own family well. He must cause his children to obey him. They should always *respect people. v5 A man must know how to rule his own family. If he cannot do that, he certainly cannot *look after Godís *church.

v6 A leader should not be someone who has believed Christ for only a short time. Someone like that might think that he himself was more important than everyone else. Then God would have to *punish him, as he had to *punish the *Devil. v7 Also, people outside the *church should agree that the man is a good man. Then nobody can say anything to make him ashamed. And so, he will not come under the *Devilís power.

Verse 7 The *Devil wants to stop people who are good Christian leaders. So, he is happy when other people say bad things about them.

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