1 Timothy 3:8-10

Qualifications for Deacons

8 i Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, 1 j not addicted to much wine, k not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must l hold the mystery of the faith with m a clear conscience. 10 And n let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.

  1. Cross References
    Philippians 1:1
    Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:
  2. Cross References
    1 Timothy 5:23
    (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)
    Titus 2:3
    Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good.
  3. Cross References
    Titus 1:7
    For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain.
    1 Peter 5:2
    Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly.
  4. Cross References
    1 Timothy 1:19
    Holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith.
  5. Cross References
    Acts 23:1
    And looking intently at the council, Paul said, "Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.
  6. Cross References
    1 Timothy 5:22
    Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.
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