Thursday, October 6, 2016

October 6 - 1 Timothy 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Timothy 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Paul writes to Timothy about the behavior and character necessary to qualify for two leadership positions in the church: overseers and deacons. The word "deacon" means "servant" (for an example, see Acts 6:1-6), whereas an overseer would likely be involved in decision-making for the church, and in teaching. In fact, the qualifications Paul gives for each position are basically the same, except that overseers must be able to teach.
  • In the last few verses Paul points out that the church is God's household. (And the church is not a building. The church is a collection of God's people who join together to love God and each other, and to share Jesus with those who don't know him.) 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Though the character traits listed are for people who are leaders in the church, every Christian should aspire to these character traits.
  • Since the church is God's household it does not belong to us. We don't get to decide how we should act, or treat others as a part of it. We don't get to decide what is taught through it. We don't get to decide what are the qualifications for leaders. It is God's household. He decides.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • You may not be an overseer or deacon, but if you're a Christian you should be growing in every character trait mentioned in verses 2-13. Look back through those traits, which one or two do you need to improve on? (Hospitable? Not given to drunkenness? Not quarrelsome? Not a lover of money?) How could you enlist God's help with that?
  • You may not be an overseer or a deacon, but God calls every Christian to serve in his or her church. Our web site lists severals ways for you to get connected at Verve. If you're not already volunteering, maybe today you could sign up for a First Serve and see how it feels to impact lives in really practical ways.