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Godly Leaders and Servants (1 Timothy 3:1-13)

After talking about the godly devotion that God desires from God’s people, Paul turns his attention godly leaders and servants. We need godly leaders to shepherd the church and we need godly servants who can serve the church. Like the last section in 1 Timothy, it is easy to get lost in the details of chapter 3 and not see the big picture of what God wants. We can become so granular that we will appoint people who should not be leaders or servants because we see Paul simply giving a checklist. But we should not read the apostle Paul saying that if a person has these 14 characteristics then they should be appointed. We should look at what Paul is teaching and consider the kind of person that is being described and what is the work these people are to do…

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