Understanding the Scriptures
|Vigilant (v. 2)||Watchful, alert|
|Lucre (vv. 3, 8)||Money|
|Gravity (v. 4)||Seriousness, dignity|
|Reproach (v. 7)||Disgrace, criticize severely|
1 Timothy 3:11–12—Married Deacons?
In Paul’s day, and also in the early days of the restored Church, deacons were adult men, who could be married, who held the Aaronic Priesthood. The Lord, through His prophets, has since extended the privilege of holding the Aaronic Priesthood to worthy young men twelve years of age and older.
Studying the Scriptures
Do the following activity as you study 1 Timothy 3.
Write about Your Bishop
Read 1 Timothy 3 and look for the Lord’s expectations of His bishops. Why do you think a bishop should meet these requirements?
Write an article about your bishop for the New Era. List several questions you would be interested in asking your bishop if you interviewed him.