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1 Timothy 3 Inductive Bible Study Notes, Cross References, Outline, and Discussion Questions

Paraphrase and Cross References


  1. Truly a man who wants to be an overseer desires a good thing.
  2. An overseer should be blameless, husband of only one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
  3. not addicted to wine or in love with arguments, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. (Hebrews 13:5, 1 Timothy 6:6-11)
  4. He must manage his own family well, keeping his children under control with all dignity
  5. (for if a man does not know how to manage his own family how can he take care of the church of God?) (Luke 16:10)
  6. and not a new believer, so that he will not become prideful and fall into the condemnation brought about by the devil (My Sunday-school teacher).
  7. He also must have a good reputation outside the church, so that he cannot be condemned and fall into Satan’s snare.
  8. Deacons also should be men of dignity, not hypocrites, or addicted to win, or fond of corrupt gain,
  9. but keeping to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. (if miss any requirement have a clear conscience!)
  10. These men should be tested first; then if they are blameless let them serve as deacons.
  11. Women should also be dignified, not hurtfully gossiping, but temperate, faithful in everything.
  12. Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and own families.
  13. Those who serve as deacons earn a high position and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
  14. As I write these things to you I hope I can come in person before long,
  15. but if I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to act in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of truth.
  16. By common admission, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.


Cross-references –

Acts 6:1-7 (establishment of deacons, distinction between elders and deacons)

Titus1 (qualifications for church office)

1 Peter 5:1-5 (shepherd the flock, serve don’t lord it over)

Ephesians 5:25-6:4 (husbands managing in the house)




I.                   Qualifications for Church Office (1 Timothy 3)

a.      Office of Elder (3:1-7)

b.     Office of Deacon (8-13)

                                                              i.     Note to women (11)

II.                Church (14-16)

a.      Known (15)

b.     Mystery (16)


Key Words-

Above Reproach – 1 Peter 3:16-17

Double-tongued (integrity, hypocrisy)



Questions –


What is the difference between the role of deacon and elder?

Is there any difference between the qualifications for a deacon or elder?

What can we learn from these verses about how the church should be governed?

What is the proper system?

Are these church offices gender specific?

What do you think the phrase “husband of one wife” means?

What qualities stand out the most to you?

What qualities do you think you are weak in? Strong?

How does the world normally select leaders? How about the church? How should we select leaders in the church?

Why was Paul instructing Timothy on this topic?


Key Points-


It is good to desire to be a leader as long as we understand God’s perspective and qualifications for a leader. Desiring to be a leader is like desiring to serve!


Overseers are put over the flock. This is God’s design for managing the church. He puts very strict qualifications so that the church leaders will be capable, experienced, mature, and have a good testimony. Many failures of the church in history result because of poor leadership (struggle for power, politics, greed, etc.)


The main distinction between an elder and a deacon is the role of teaching. Elders’ primary responsibility seems to be teaching the word, dealing with spiritual matters. Deacons’ primary responsibility is temporal matters (for example finances, construction, materials, etc.)


Church offices are here limited to males.


The requirements seem to prohibit divorced and remarried men (partly because of the injunction husband of one wife and partly because of the qualification of being above reproach, in and out of the church).


Great care should be taken in selecting leaders, testing them first and making sure they are not new believers (3:6, 10)


There is great reward in faithfully fulfilling the role of being a godly leader in the church.

1 Timothy Notes Chapter by Chapter

1 Timothy 1:1-11 1 Timothy 1:12-20
1 Timothy 2
1 Timothy 3
1 Timothy 4:1-8
1 Timothy 4:9-16
1 Timothy 5:1-16
1 Timothy 5:17-25
1 Timothy 6:1-10 1 Timothy 6:11-21


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