Biblical Leadership Traits - Temperate

Biblical Leadership Traits


1 Timothy 3:2



The noun (nhfa,lioj) is used in only two other places in the NT:

1 Tim 3:11NAU 1 Timothy 3:11 Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.

Tit 2:2 Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.

The verb is found only six times:

NAU 1 Thessalonians 5:6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

NAU 1 Thessalonians 5:8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

NAU 2 Timothy 4:5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

NAU 1 Peter 1:13 ¶ Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

NAU 1 Peter 4:7 ¶ The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

NAU 1 Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

It literally means abstinence from wine or not mixed with drink. It is a negative term – the opposite of intoxication. However it is only used in a figurative sense in the NT to mean alertness, wise judgment, or sober mindedness (see above). In other words, because leaders in Christ’s church must be able to sort through false teachings and complex circumstances they must be clear headed unlike a person influenced by alcohol. The figurative sense depends on the literal sense for the richness of meaning. They must be free from mental and spiritual confusion – no irrational thinking. The temperate man will always be rightly oriented – spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

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Biblical Leadership Traits


1 Timothy 3:2




We don’t use “temperate” often in our conversation. What synonyms can you suggest?

List the characteristics of a sentimentalist and of a realist. Which are you?

In light of 1 Thes 5:6,8; 2 Tim 4:5; 1 Pet 1:13; 4:7; 5:8, why is it important for every Christian to be temperate?

If you had an opportunity to interview another man in order to get an idea of whether or not he was temperate what questions would you pose?

Most believe there a correlation between temperance and a person’s diet, exercise, and sleep. What might it be?

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