1. Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.  Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,  not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.  He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.  (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)  He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.  He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
 Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.  They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.  They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
 In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well.  Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. 1 Tim. 3:1-13 [NIV]
 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. Hebrews 13:7-9 [NIV]
 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. Hebrews 13:17-18 [NIV]
2. I am writing this a couple of days after Ronald Reagan died, a leader many of us respected.
3. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that the Bible seems to emphasize the qualification for ministry more than the subjective sense of calling. Many in this day seem to say that if a man feels called, then that is that. The Bible seems to indicate that anyone who wants to and is qualified can serve. There is an interesting contrast between the way most churches operate and an organization like Campus Crusade. In Crusade, everyone is encouraged to serve, full-time if possible. They try to recruit all the workers they can. We tend to take a more passive approach.
4. Of course, the number is not really the point. It is just a means of getting us to pay attention to each one.
5. Two points of view on this. I have always held this has more to do with polygamy than divorce. A divorced and remarried man is, in fact, the husband of one wife.
6. I know a man who said publically that he was divorcing his wife and had no biblical grounds for doing so. In this case, I think he disqualified himself and rightly resigned.
7. It seems to me that whatever we believe about Sr. Pastors ought to apply to staff and deacons alike. To hold one standard for deacons (or staff) and another for the Sr. Pastor seems the least tenable position.
8. This is not the only passage in the Bible that says something about wine.
9. This seems to me to be one of the most routinely ignored passage in all the Bible. It is not like it is hard to understand. Obedience to your pastor seems like a wholly unpracticed concept.
10. This could be taken to far, but we are a country mile from there. I have never known anyone in danger of taking this too far.
11. One thing is the pastors do the teaching and I think many of them are afraid that it comes off sounding like sheer ego on the pastor's part. Consequently, many back away from preaching this truth?