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Jeremiah 1—2, 1 Timothy 3 • Key Verses: l Timothy 3:14-15
Sometimes we read signs that begin with the words, “Rules for Use of . . . They might be posted
on the wall at a swimming pool or an exercise room. The purpose is to inform or remind you of
how you are to conduct yourself there.
Paul did that for the church. He made a list that could be posted by the door as a reminder of what
is acceptable and unacceptable conduct. Typically this list is applied only to the leaders of the
church. Yet Paul said, “I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the
house of God, which is the church of the living God.” Yes, these rules apply to leaders but they are
the standard of conduct for all believers.
Now read again 1 Timothy 3:1-13, marking the specific “rules.” Imagine writing them out and
posting them on the wall of the church. “Be blameless” would be rule number one, followed by
statements on marital fidelity, temper, self-discipline, hospitality and gossip. Hopefully, this list
would make quite an impression on Christians.
Far more significant than pool regulations against running and obeying the lifeguard is this list for
conduct in the church. Those pool rules are for your safety, to keep you from getting hurt, and for
your enjoyment so that your time at the pool will be pleasant. Following the list in 1 Timothy 3
will do the same: it will keep people from getting hurt at church and help make their time there a
It is easier to apply rules to others. But don’t miss how your life should measure up to this standard. If you are
a leader in your church, this passage is especially applicable.
Woodrow kroll & Tony beckett

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