Summary: 1 of 6. Paul related the moral qualifications for an overseer of the Church. Character traits for overseers of the church are definitive. ?How is his fitness determined? An overseer’s fitness is decided by his...

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The OVERSEER’s FITNESS-I—1Timothy 3:1-7


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We buy videos(in lieu of a personal trainer) to help us get fit.(P90-X—Walk Away the Pounds—etc.)

We want to be fit because we are rightly convinced that a healthy body is better than an unhealthy one.


Paul related the moral qualifications for an overseer of the Church.

Character traits for overseers of the church are definitive/unequivocal.

?What moral character traits define an overseer’s fitness for office?

?How is an overseer’s fitness determined?

Characteristics by which an overseer’s fitness for office is decided.

1—An overseer’s fitness is decided by...

His DESIRE(:1)

Explanation: (:1)

:1—“This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.

Paul is stating a memorable saying. It is worthy of repeating for it “faithfully” encapsulates a valuable Christian truth.

In “bishop/overseer” is described the superintendent aspects of a pastor’s work. He is thus called of God to oversee the ministry/work of a local congregation.

Any who “seek”(are called upon by God for a task) a “bishoprick”(pastoral supervisory ministry) indeed seeks a “good work.” A “good work” is one which seamlessly & harmoniously integrates with God’s plan for the ages. A “good work” pleases God.

The overseer’s Desire is his Calling! Paul will describe below, the moral significance of the one desirous of such a work. This sets it apart as a calling rather than a fleshly desire because these descriptions remove a trust in self.

He “outwardly pursues the ministry because of a driving compulsion on the inside.”—John MacArthur

“Faithful”—pistov—Trusty, faithful, sure, true—reliable; Easily persuaded—believing, confiding, trusting

“Saying”—logov—Word; Reason, the mental faculty of thinking, meditating, reasoning, calculating—2b) account, i.e. regard, consideration—2c) account, i.e. reckoning, score.

“If/If any”—ei tiv—Pron.—1) Whoever, whatever. Strong—1) If any.

“Man”—Not present in text, but implied thru context before & following.

*“Desires/Aspires/Sets his heart on/Stretches forward to”[See here also— epiyumew translated “Desire”]—oregomai—Present Middle Indicative—1)To stretch one’s self out in order to touch or to grasp something, to reach after or desire something; 2)To give one’s self up to the love of money. Used 3X. The physical act.

“Bishop/Overseer/Overseership”[See :2]—episkoph—1)Investigation, inspection, visitation—1a)That act by which God looks into & searches out the ways, deeds character, of men, in order to adjudge them their lot accordingly, whether joyous or sad—1b) oversight—1b1) Overseership, office, charge, the office of an elder, 1b2) The overseer or presiding officers of a Christian church. Strong—Inspection (for relief); by implication--Superintendence; specially--The Christian “episcopate.” Used 4X.

“Desires”[See also oregomai-translated “Desire”]— epiyumew—To turn upon a thing; 2) To have a desire for, long for, to desire; 3) To lust after, covet—3a)3a) Of those who seek things forbidden. Strong—To set the heart upon, i.e. Long for (rightfully or otherwise). The internal compulsion.

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