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1Here is a saying you may trust: “To aspire to leadership is an honourable ambition.”

2A bishop, therefore, must be above reproach, husband of one wife, sober, temperate, courteous, hospitable, and a good teacher;

3he must not be given to drink or brawling, but be of a forbearing disposition, avoiding quarrels, and not avaricious.

4He must be one who manages his own household well and controls his children without losing his dignity,

5for if a man does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take charge of a congregation of God's people?

6He should not be a recent convert; conceit might bring on him the devil's punishment.

7He must moreover have a good reputation with the outside world, so that he may not be exposed to scandal and be caught in the devil's snare.

8Deacons, likewise, must be dignified, not indulging in double talk, given neither to excessive drinking nor to money-grubbing.

9They must be men who combine a clear conscience with a firm hold on the mystery of the faith.

10And they too must first undergo scrutiny, and only if they are of unimpeachable character may they serve as deacons.

11Women in this office must likewise be dignified, not scandalmongers, but sober, and trustworthy in every way.

12A deacon must be the husband of one wife, and good at managing his children and his own household.

13For deacons with a good record of service are entitled to high standing and the right to be heard on matters of the Christian faith.

14I am hoping to come to you before long, but I write this

15in case I am delayed, to let you know what is proper conduct in God's household, that is, the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.

16And great beyond all question is the mystery of our religion: He was manifested in flesh, vindicated in spirit, seen by angels; he was proclaimed among the nations, believed in throughout the world, raised to heavenly glory.

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