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Qualifications of Church Leaders

3 This saying is trustworthy: w x “If anyone aspires to be an * overseer, y he desires a noble work.” An overseer, z therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, a respectable, hospitable, b an able teacher, c not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy done who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil. e Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil’s f trap.

Deacons, g likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money, holding the * mystery of the faith h with a clear conscience. i 10 And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons. 11 Wives, j too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, k faithful in everything. 12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently. 13 For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

The Mystery of Godliness

14 I write these things to you, hoping to come l to you soon. 15 But if I should be delayed, I have written so that you will know how people ought to act in God’s household, m which is the church of the living God, n the pillar and foundation of the truth. o 16 And most certainly, the mystery of godliness p is great:

He q was manifested in the flesh, r

vindicated in the Spirit, s

seen by angels,

preached among the nations,

believed t on in the world,

taken up in glory. u


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The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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