1 Timothy 3: Counsel to Bishops and Deacons

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 144


Church callings give us opportunities to serve others and grow in the gospel. When called to serve in the Church, we should strive to develop certain qualities and attributes. In 1 Timothy 3 we read what the Lord expects of bishops and deacons. As you study this chapter, find ways in which Paul’s counsel could help you serve better in your own callings.
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Understanding the Scriptures

1 Timothy 3

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.

Activity A iconWrite about Your Bishop

  1. 1.

    Read 1 Timothy 3 and look for the Lord’s expectations of His bishops. Why do you think a bishop should meet these requirements?

  2. 2.

    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.