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1 Here is a saying that you can rely on: to want to be a presiding elder is to desire a noble task.
Acts 20:28  1Pet 5:2  1Pet 2:25  Titus 1:7  1Tim 1:15  Phil 1:1  Acts 1:20 

2 That is why the presiding elder must have an impeccable character. Husband of one wife, he must be temperate, discreet and courteous, hospitable and a good teacher;
2Tim 2:24  Rom 12:13  Titus 1:6-9  1Pet 4:9  1Tim 5:9  1Tim 3:10-11  Heb 13:2 

3 not a heavy drinker, nor hot-tempered, but gentle and peaceable, not avaricious,
Titus 1:7  1Tim 3:8  Isa 28:7  Jas 4:1  Titus 3:2  1Pet 5:2  Luke 12:42-46 

4 a man who manages his own household well and brings his children up to obey him and be well-behaved:
1Tim 3:12  Titus 1:6  Gen 18:19  Titus 2:2  Acts 10:2  Josh 24:15  Phil 4:8 

5 how can any man who does not understand how to manage his own household take care of the Church of God?
1Sam 3:13  Eph 5:24  1Sam 2:29-30  1Tim 3:15  Acts 20:28  Eph 5:32  1Cor 10:32 

6 He should not be a new convert, in case pride should turn his head and he incur the same condemnation as the devil.
1Tim 6:4  1Cor 3:1  1Cor 4:6-8  1Cor 8:1  1Pet 2:2  1Pet 5:5  2Chr 26:16 

7 It is also necessary that he be held in good repute by outsiders, so that he never falls into disrepute and into the devil's trap.
2Cor 8:21  2Tim 2:26  1Cor 10:32  1Tim 6:9  Acts 6:3  1Cor 5:12  1Pet 4:14-16 

8 Similarly, deacons must be respectable, not double-tongued, moderate in the amount of wine they drink and with no squalid greed for money.
Phil 1:1  Acts 6:3-6  Titus 2:3  1Tim 3:3  1Tim 5:23  Jas 3:10  Lev 10:9 

9 They must hold to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
1Tim 1:19  1Tim 1:5  1Tim 3:16  2John 1:9-10 

10 They are first to be examined, and admitted to serve as deacons only if there is nothing against them.
1Tim 5:22  1Cor 1:8  1John 4:1  1Tim 3:2  1Tim 3:6  1Tim 3:13  Acts 6:1-2 

11 Similarly, women must be respectable, not gossips, but sober and wholly reliable.
Titus 2:3  1Tim 3:2  2Tim 3:3  1Pet 5:8  1Thess 5:6-8  1Tim 1:12  1Tim 6:2 

12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife and must be people who manage their children and households well.
1Tim 3:2  1Tim 3:4-5  1Tim 3:8  Phil 1:1 

13 Those of them who carry out their duties well as deacons will earn a high standing for themselves and an authoritative voice in matters concerning faith in Christ Jesus.
Matt 25:21  1Cor 16:15  1Pet 4:10-11  1Thess 2:2  2Tim 2:1  Acts 6:5  Acts 6:8 

14 I write this to you in the hope that I may be able to come to you soon;
1Cor 11:34  1Cor 16:5-7  1Thess 2:18  1Tim 4:13  2Cor 1:15-17  2John 1:12  3John 1:14 

15 but in case I should be delayed, I want you to know how people ought to behave in God's household -- that is, in the Church of the living God, pillar and support of the truth.
1Pet 2:5  1Chr 28:9-21  Rom 9:26  1Thess 1:9  Matt 16:18-19  Eph 2:21-22  Rom 3:2 

16 Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is very deep indeed: He was made visible in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed to the gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory.
John 1:14  Rom 16:25  Heb 1:3  Luke 24:4  Col 1:23  Mark 16:19  1Tim 3:9