I’m writing this as an assignment to “self-assess” but I thought I’d post it here and see if I can get any feedback, or just post to space for giggles. I was going to wait and post it all at once but changed my mind (because it has become extremely long) and am posting it as I write. Enjoy!
Qualifications of Called Revival Leaders
From 1 Timothy 3:2-7
NIV “2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.”
KJV “2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, 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.”
There’s always an interesting difference between the King James and NIV translations. I like to know them both. NIV may be in a more current language, but the KJV is typically more precise its use of words. There is a difference between “faithful to his wife” and “the husband of one wife”.
First of all, what is a “called revival leader” in my heart? The author of the book refers to an “overseer” as a “called revival leader”. And the KJV calls it a “bishop”. I’m not interested in becoming an “overseer” or any type of formal pastor, but I am interested in how I can develop biblical leadership skills to make my own life an example to those around me indirectly. If and when the need arises in my life, I want to be able to say “I’ve got this. I’m ready.” So I’m studying as if I plan on leading some day. I wonder if more people should do this. Instead of pushing aside any study for leadership, religious and secular, we all took some time to learn good leadership skills if only to know what good leadership is and use it in our own lives and homes.
Do I have the skills that this passage lists? I’m not sure. I believe I have some of them naturally and some I may need to develop further. That is what study is all about, right? I’ve decided to list them out and comment on how they pertain to me and my life, what I believe about them at this moment. I wonder what I will think of these words a year from now?
- Leaders who stay out of trouble. NIV “above reproach”, KJV “blameless”
What do they mean by “stay out of trouble”? Those are the words the author and president of this school use in stead of the biblical words, but all are a bit vague. Do they mean “out of trouble” with the law? The church? The family? If I break a law because I believe it is unjust, I may get into trouble, but is that what they mean? I’ve always been one to naturally want to stay out of any trouble. I’d say I’m “trouble averse” and it hasn’t always served me well. I tend to not do things I believe are right or good for fear of getting into trouble. But then, it did serve me very well when the police came knocking on my door. Due to my clean record and lack of anyone that would speak against me, it was easier for my lawyer to get the charges against me dropped. So I’d say I do stay out of trouble. I certainly do not go looking for it.
- Leaders who do not practice polygamy. NIV “faithful to his wife”, KJV “the husband of one wife”
The first thing I notice is that I’m female, so should I just turn the words around? I believe so, yes. The authors were coming from a culture where only males would be even thinking of anything like leadership outside the home. Women had children and homes to take care of for most of their lives, focusing outside of that realm wouldn’t be prudent for anyone. I’m of the same mind, actually and wouldn’t be looking at this course of study if my children were younger. In fact, I did put aside quite a bit of outside study and work when I was newly married, learning to care for a home, and raising young children. That was where I felt my limited focus should be. If I looked too far outside of that, all my efforts suffered. I couldn’t do it all and everything I had a hand in was done less well because of my lack of focus. But I’m getting beyond that time now, as many women can in this age. Our roles can change throughout our lives because technology makes it easier for us to care for our homes and husbands. We also don’t have as many children, so there comes a time in our lives when we aren’t needed at home 24/7. That’s when it becomes appropriate to begin to expand our focus outside of our homes. So here I am, applying 2000 year old words to my modern life.
But why would they put these words in there? Why “one wife”? Many societies were polygamists back then. It was nothing new or wrong. Why would we shift from polygamy to monogamy, and why would the new Christian church make such a big deal of it? That’s what I plan on learning through more of this study.
- Leaders who are sober or temperate in attitude. NIV “temperate” KJV “vigilant”
The book says this refers to good judgment, not taken to jumping to conclusions, being balanced in thinking. This is something I would definitely work on, and have been working on for the past several years. It is not my nature to be cool headed. I am one to act first and think later, to judge others by their outward actions instead of wondering more at their intentions. I honestly believe this can be a learned skill.
- Leaders who exhibit moderation. NIV “self-controlled” KJV “sober”
The Greek word for sober means “safe mind”. This seems related to the temperate and vigilant. They could all be lumped together, and it still something I’m working on. Again, I tend to speak before thinking things through. I “think out loud” and that isn’t always conducive to helping people. It can produce more damage than silence.
- Leaders who act orderly and respectable. NIV “respectable” KJV “of good behavior”
The Greek word for “order” is Kosmos. Is orderly “respectable” and “good behavior”? Is that what the bible means? Do they mean that someone who has their life and things in “order” would be respectable? If so, then I would say I’m exhibiting this trait. I’ve spent the last fifteen years attempting to being order to home and thinking, and I believe I do a fairly good job of it.