Summary: A word study dealing with the Biblical 1) Qualifications 2) Calling and 3) Ministry of the pastor.
The Biblical Preacher
1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
A. Desire-2 Greek words are used
--1. oregomai- to stretch oneself, i.e. reach out after (long for):-covet after, desire
--2. epithumeo- covet, desire, lust (after)
B. Blameless-anepileptos, literally “not arrested…i.e., not of prior guilt
C. Husband of one wife-one mia, one or first, i.e., the husband of his first wife
D. Vigilant-nephaleos, circumspect (judicious, sensible and prudent)
E. Sober-sophron, self-controlled, discreet, sober, temperate
F. Of Good Behaviour-kosmios, orderly, with decorum (etiquette and politeness)
G. Given to Hospitality-philoxenos, fond of guests
H. Apt to Teach-didaktikos, instructive
I. Not Given to Wine-me paroinos, one who does not even linger near wine, much less partake thereof
J. No Striker-me plektes, not quarrelsome, especially a physical fighter
K. Not Greedy of Filthy Lucre-me aischrokerdes, not greedy of sordid (filthy or unsavory) gain
L. Patient-epieikes, appropriate, gentle, and mild
M. Not a Brawler-amachos, literally “not macho” i.e., peaceable
N. Not Covetous-aphilarguros, without covetousness, especially in regard to money
O. Ruleth Well His Own House-ruleth well-proistemi kalos, maintain his family well
P. Not a Novice-neophutos, literally “newly planted”, or actually a new convert or inexperienced Christian
Q. Moreover…a Good Report-kai marturian kalon, Literally “Above all, he must, must, must have a good testimony” i.e., by those outside the church