• The Desire for Ordination Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:1

    John Chrysostom notes that in wanting the office of elder “what is terrible is to desire the absolute authority and power of the bishop but not the work itself” (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, NT vol. 9, p. 168; hereafter ACCNT). Men who desire to be ordained need to take care that they are not craving power for power’s sake. Decision-makers in the church should likewise watch out for this when they gather to call a new pastor. View Resource

  • The Vocation of Elder Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:1–7

    Elders are God’s gift to the church to teach us the Word of God, exercise church discipline, and make decisions for the good of the Lord’s people. God has placed them in authority over us, and we are bound to follow the lawful directions of church elders and to pray for them that they would govern the church wisely. View Resource

  • An Example to Be Followed Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:2-3

    As we consider the qualifications for the offices of elder and deacon over the next few days, note that what the church is to look for is the quality of life since the candidate has professed faith. A man married multiple times before his conversion or who was sexually immoral is not unfit for office if he has lived a life of repentance since first confessing the faith. It is faithfulness to the Savior that we must desire to see in church members and leaders alike. View Resource

  • Caring for God’s Church Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:4-5

    John Calvin comments that Paul recommends for eldership a man “who has learned to govern a family by wholesome discipline.” If you are a parent, are you consciously trying to lead your child in the faith in a way that will help engender in him love for the church? Even if you have no children you can help discipline the young people in your church by modeling a life of thoughtful service to God in the freedom brought to us by Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • When the Outside Looks In Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:6-7

    Non-Christians should be able to look at a Christian leader and say that he lives according to his profession and is quick to repent when he fails to do so. Yet all believers should be known by their exemplary lives, their living of “a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Tim. 2:2). What is the testimony your non-Christian friends, neighbors, and co-workers would give about you? If accused of being a Christian, would you be found guilty? View Resource

  • Qualifications for Deacons Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:8

    The “Son of Man came not to be served but to serve” (Matt. 20:28) and so to be called to serve the church as a deacon is one of the highest callings Christ can give to us. But even those of us who are not ordained as deacons must always be looking for ways we can serve the people of God and our neighbors if we are to imitate Jesus. What is one need in your church that you are uniquely equipped to meet? Are you seeking to meet this need? View Resource

  • The Vocation of Deacon Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:8–13

    Deacons play a vital role in making sure that those with material difficulties have their basic needs met. But they cannot do this without the support of the entire congregation. Therefore, it is essential that we support the deacons, as we are able, by volunteering our services for their use and contributing to the deacons’ fund or other collections that are used to help people in our churches and communities. View Resource

  • The Mystery of the Faith Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:9

    John Calvin also says, “It would be exceedingly absurd to hold a public office in the Church, while they were ill-informed in the Christian faith, more especially since they must frequently be laid under the necessity of administering advice and consolation.” If you desire to be a deacon or other church leader, your primary concern should not be to develop your administrative skills but rather your knowledge of the faith. View Resource

  • The Testing of Deacons Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:10

    John Calvin also explains that “those men are to be chosen who are approved by their past life in such a manner that, after what may be called full inquiry, they are ascertained to be well qualified.” The concern is not the potential servant’s behavior but how he has lived since professing Christ. How have you lived since your conversion? All of us should be living in a way that would qualify us to serve God’s flock, whether we are eligible for ordination or not. View Resource

  • Women Servants Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:11

    Reformed Christians who affirm Scripture’s final authority continue to differ over whether women may be ordained as deacons. What is not up for debate is that the traits Paul lists in 1 Timothy 3:11 should be true of all Christian women, regardless of one’s position on deaconesses. If you are a woman, are you making a concerted effort to avoid slander and to be faithful? If you are a man, are you encouraging the women in your life in these things? View Resource

  • The Deacon’s Home Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:12

    We who belong to God’s household need to keep in mind that a person’s way of life identifies him as a potential church servant, not his charisma, social influence, or good looks. Our culture prizes these things, but we must esteem only those who live a life of repentance and proven character. As you help identify your congregation’s elders and deacons, make sure that the quality of godliness is your chief concern. View Resource

  • A Deacon’s Reward Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:13

    Our reticence to serve others may be one of the many things that can prevent us from serving Jesus boldly. Whether we are ever ordained to the office of deacon or not, we must never forget that greatness in the kingdom of God belongs to those who become the servants of other people (Matt. 20:20–28). Consider today how you can serve another person in your congregation who is in need and then go and serve them. Thank your deacons for all their work. View Resource

  • Upholding the Truth Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:14-15

    John Calvin comments on the supporting function of the church of God: “Is not the Church the mother of all believers? Does she not regenerate them by the word of God, educate and nourish them through their whole life, strengthen, and bring them at length to absolute perfection?” The church supports the truth in presenting it faithfully to its members and holding them accountable to it. If we are not serving the church, we may find God’s truth less lovely. View Resource

  • The Content of Belief Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:16

    The portion of the medieval church that evolved into modern Roman Catholicism is actually the church that departed from the Apostles’ Creed. The Protestant Reformers who sought to uphold the ancient faith in the controversy over justification did not depart from it. When we confess this creed, let us be conscious that it does more than just describe the nature of God — it also tells us what God alone has done for us, which is the essence of the gospel. View Resource

  • The Mystery of Godliness Devotional

    1 Timothy 3:16

    For those of us who have been Christians for a long time, it can be easy to take the wonder of our salvation for granted. Therefore, we should never cease to reflect daily for at least a short while on the greatness of God’s salvation, that we may be reminded that His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22–23). How often do you think on the great “mystery of godliness” that Paul describes in 1 Timothy 3:16? View Resource