Biblcal Leadership Traits - Man of Dignity
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Biblical Leadership Traits
Man of Dignity
1 Timothy 3:8
NAU 1 Timothy 3:8 Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain,
BGT 1 Timothy 3:8 Διακόνους ὡσαύτως σεμνούς, μὴ διλόγους, μὴ οἴνῳ πολλῷ προσέχοντας, μὴ αἰσχροκερδεῖς,
We saw in 1 Timothy 3:4-5 that if a man has children, they must be “with all dignity” NAS = σεμνότης). This too is variously translated and can be confusing – ESV, NAS = “with all dignity”; KJV = “with all gravity”; NIV = “with proper respect”; NKJ = “with all reverence”; RSV = “respectful in every way.” It is found elsewhere at 1 Tim 2:2 (dignity); 3:11(dignified regarding the “women”); Phil 4:8 (honorable); Tit 2:2,7 (dignified). The basic concept is “serious”. It is synonymous with respectable (kosmion) in 3:2 which we saw meant organized or orderly. One lexicon says it this way, “pertaining to appropriate, befitting behavior and implying dignity and respect” (Louw-Nida 88.47).
However “dignity” refers to a seriousness that goes beyond earth. It inspires respect and reverence. Hence a leader described by this term inspires honor or respect from others (see Trench 344 and Cremer 36, 293). Something about him must trigger respect from his others.
- What does a leader do or not do to earn the respect of others? What does a leader do or not do to loose the respect of others?
- What role does personal appearance play in being or becoming ‘dignified”?
- Should people be able to tell something is different about you by merely observing you
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Posted on Mon, July 9, 2018
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