Sept: Take Heed Unto Thyself

Spending much of the service in 1 Timothy 3, Brother Singh outlines the qualifications for biblical leadership in the church.  The Apostle Paul starts off stating, “This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.”

But he does not stop there.  He outlines several qualifications necessary for this calling.  Interestingly, most of the items he outlines are character traits (with the exception of being “apt to teach”); not necessarily skills that are acquired through theological training.  In modern day Christianity, we have reversed this almost completely, placing much more emphasis on learned skills and academics than godly character.  With the Apostle the bar for leadership is set high, requiring stability, wisdom, knowledge and discipline in the man that occupies this position.

Chapter 4 ends with probably the best advice any minister could receive: “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” (v. 16)