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Qualifications of a Bishop (Pastor or Overseer)

11 Dec
This saying is trustworthy: “If someone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a good work.” 2 The overseer then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, 3 not a drunkard, not violent, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money. 4 He must manage his own household well and keep his children in control without losing his dignity. 5 But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God? 6 He must not be a recent convert or he may become arrogant and fall into the punishment that the devil will exact. 7 And he must be well thought of by those outside the faith, so that he may not fall into disgrace and be caught by the devil’s trap (1 Timothy 3:1-7).

Wow.. that is a very long list. You can’t leave any of them out either. Are there a few things listed here that get overlooked perhaps? Do pastors get a free-pass on some of these but not on others? I have read this passage many, many times in the past year and I am finding more and more that there is absolutely no one and I mean no one that is perfect… not even close. When the Apostle Paul calls himself the chiefest of sinners where does that leave me? It leaves me in a pretty rotten state. Let’s all stop and think about that for a minute…

I was a pastor once… and I pray that I will be able to pastor again… these verses are very sobering and truth telling all the same. How many pastors and overseer’s are actually qualified if this is the list that we go by? If they are strong in one qualification and weak in another, does the strong area make up for the weak area? This is really something to think about isn’t it.

This is just something that was on my heart today… I guess if you are a pastor, it would do you (us) good to periodically read these verses, just to be reminded of the account that I (we) will give.

Till Next Time,
Jay

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Posted by on December 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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