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Not Much for Fathers in the Bible (1 Timothy 3:1-7)Gary McManus, June 18, 2017
Part of the DCC Basics series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
June 21, 2017 1 Timothy 3:1-7 (p. 1175 / p. 1193)
A blessed Father’s Day to all dads. .
Including dads with spiritual children
(1 Corinthians 4:15).
Being a dad today is tough.
Being without a dad is tougher.
Etan Thomas, Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate
Challenge. (Includes words from Tony Dungy, former
Coach of the Indianapolis Colts.)
There is almost NOTHING in the Bible on being
a dad. Today’s Bible reading provides some.
Compare Proverbs 4.
MANAGE his household?
As in the First Century or the 21st Century managing?
The word manage is not in the King James.
In this case, the King James is worse, the
word is RULE.
How about. . .
If a man does not know how to govern
his own household. . . OR
If a man does not know how to CONDUCT
his own household. . ..
There is another qualifying word in verse five:
If a man does not know how to CONDUCT his
own household, how can he care for God’s church.
Almost all translations agree with that one.
Jesus said, let the leader be as one who serves.
Jesus was a SERVANT/Leader.
Jesus’ culture and our culture usually see
leaders as barking orders.
Jesus did not want that for His church.
Interesting note from the American Civil War.
Jesus had said, those foreigners LORD it over their
subjects—it shall not be so among YOU.
(Matthew 20:25-26, Mark 10:42-3, Luke 22:25-6,
and 1 Peter 5:3 says the very same thing.
BTW: “God’s Household is mentioned three times:
Ephesians 2:19, 1 Timothy 3:15, 1 Peter 4:17.)
So, Dad. . .managing your household isn’t barking
Household management or conducting or directing
is more about LOVE.
Servant leadership in God’s Household is to be
practiced in Dad’s own household.
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1 Timothy 3:1-7
3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (ESV)