Biblical Qualifications for Eldership (In Case Anyone’s Wondering )

From the NET translation of 1 Timothy 3:1-7:

“This saying is trustworthy: If someone aspires to the office of overseer (bishop, elder), he desires a good work. The overseer then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, not a drunkard, not violent, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money . . .”

Titus 2:3, referring to mature Christian conduct in general:

“Older men are to be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in endurance.”

Paul, in Romans 15:14, expressing his hope for the recipients of his letter:

“But I myself am fully convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.”

Finally, from Romans 12:14-18, on peaceably living among others:

“Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all people . . .”

Does any of this ring a bell, folks? Anyone? Hello?

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