ImmerseMessiah NLT - Flipbook - Page 249
1 T im o th y
Women should learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach
men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly. For God made
Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. And it was not Adam who was
deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result. But
women will be saved through childbearing, assuming they continue to live
in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.
This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader, he
desires an honorable position.” So a church leader must be a man whose
life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise
self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having
guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy
drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love
money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect
and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can
he take care of God’s church?
A church leader must not be a new believer, because he might become
proud, and the devil would cause him to fall. Also, people outside the
church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall
into the devil’s trap.
In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity.
They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. They must be
committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a
clear conscience. Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely
examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.
In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not slander
others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything
A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children
and household well. Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with
respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in
I am writing these things to you now, even though I hope to be with you
soon, so that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct
themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God,
which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.
Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: