1 Timothy 3:2,3

This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;”


We see that the leader of the church must be someone who has very high moral character. “Vigilant” means sober. The reason sober is

mentioned twice is, possibly, because it means to be sober in spirit and in flesh. Given to hospitality is a description of what every

Christian should be. To teach the Word of God is a high calling.

These are more things showing that the character of the leader of the church must be an example to the members. Strong drink causes the person drinking to not be able to make sound judgements. Some of the things here mentioned come from losing control of your own will. We should be careful to note {not greedy for filthy lucre}. Greed for money has been the downfall of many. To covet is specifically spoken against in the 10 commandments. When you want anything that belongs to someone else, you are coveting. Fighting should not be part of the minister’s vocabulary. These things go against a tender kind, patient spirit that the minister needs.