Last week, we talked about how the church is God's family and that while men and women are equal in this family, they are meant to function in different ways. This Sunday, we'll take a look at what it means to be a man in God's family, and how the Bible pushes every man to have the character and lifestyle that is worthy of being followed.
Here are some questions to think through in anticipation of Sunday:
- When you consider your upbringing, movies, TV, and sports talk radio, what do you think it means to be a man in our culture today?
- Women, how do you think Paul's description of a man who follows Jesus in 1 Tim. 3 should affect the criteria you have for the type of guy you should date and marry?
- What do you think qualifies someone to lead in the church? When you look at the qualifications that Paul gives in 1 Timothy 3, do you think he cares more about a person's resume or a person's character?
1 Timothy 3:1-13
1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.