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THE ONE-WOMAN MAN QUALIFICATION OF AN ELDER Introduction First Timothy is one of the three pastoral Epistles written to church leadership as opposed to the actual churches In the early church there was a great need for unity as Christianity grew so that issues could be prevented and addressed When Paul went to Macedonia he wrote Timothy to ask him to look after the Ephesian church After Paul realized that it might take him longer to return to Ephesus he wrote his first letter to Timothy to instruct him so that he may fight the good fight holding on to faith and a good conscience 118-19 The letter deals with two main topics false teaching and the administration of the church The elder played and still plays an important role in the church It is one of the three main offices of the church In the New Testament church elder presbyteros and overseer episkopos referred to the same office The term elder put special emphasis on the maturity while overseer emphasized the role of the office-bearer Paul addresses the role of the elder in 1 Timothy chapter 32-7 2Now the overseer or elder must be above reproach the husband of one wife temperate self-controlled respectable hospitable able to teach 3not given to drunkenness not violent but gentle not quarrelsome not a lover of money 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect 5If anyone does not know how to manage his own family how can he take care of Gods church 6He must not be a recent covert or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devils trap This paper will focus on the implication of the husband of one wife or one-woman man qualification of an elder 1 Timothy
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