1 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.
2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
3 not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.
4 He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity
5 (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),
6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.
7 And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
1 Timothy 3: 1-7 NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE 1995 UPDATE
It is surely a priviledge to have others who have been found faithful to fill in when the need arises. Thank you Pastor Lyle
With strong confidence in God’s Word he declared; I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept… the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emporer ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything. Luther saw that God had used him as a mouthpiece for truth. The Reformation was founded not on him and his teachings, but on the unshakeable footing of scripture alone.
"I am of the opinion that what a man is and what he does will be completely affected by what he believes. So, my ordination paper will focus heavily on what I believe; my systematic theology. My intention is to write this paper so that the core of my essential beliefs that would be affecting a life of pulpit ministry would be summarized. I want it to be subject to the scrutiny and refinement of other brothers in the Lord. Additionally, my intention is to so construct it, that the brothers and sisters I am privileged to serve at Reformed by Grace Baptist Church may also read it with benefit. Thus, it is written with this broad audience in mind."
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