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.


  1. 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?
  1. What role does personal appearance play in being or becoming ‘dignified”?
  1. Should people be able to tell something is different about you by merely observing you

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