1 Timothy 3

This chapter is quite daunting. It goes through the qualifications for serving in the church. It probably doesn’t look like the job advert you’d see in any newspapers or any employment website. This is about character, not achievements or success. So, no degree needed here, no flashy statistics about church growth, no dazzling 10-year plan.

Instead you need to be

  • well-thought-of
  • committed spouse
  • calm
  • patient
  • hospitable
  • sober
  • gentle
  • good parent with obedient children
  • not materialistic
  • long-time believer
  • sincere
  • honest

It’s quite a list! I wonder how many of those I’d feel comfortable saying I embodied.

This chapter also tells us that the Christian faith is mysterious (I’m starting to believe this) but these things are true:

He appeared in the flesh,
    was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
    was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
    was taken up in glory.

(verse 16)

This is what we believe about Jesus and continue to proclaim and live out.