Biblical Concept: Finding Pastor-teachers


NAS 1 Timothy 3:1 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.


GNT 1 Timothy 3:1 pisto.j o` lo,goj┼ Ei; tij evpiskoph/j ovre,getai( kalou/ e;rgou evpiqumei/┼


A literal translation of 1 Timothy 3:1 - faithful the word if any man upon-watching himself-continually-reaches-out a good work he continually-upon-lusts.


A meaningful translation of 1 Timothy 3:1 ľ Faithful is the word, if any man himself continually longs to spiritually oversee, a good work he continually has a strong passion to do.


The Application: A man could have the spiritual gift of pastor-teacher if he has a continually-strong-self-motivated-desire-to-spiritually-oversee. Note the context of 1 Timothy 3: "skilled to teach" in 1:2b and "take care of the church" in 1:5b.  Note the context of 1 Timothy 3: the other qualifications listed in 3:2-7 do not necessarily concern the internal self-determination and identification of the pastor-teacher spiritual gift.