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Titus 1:7-9 – Qualities of a Bishop


The qualities of a bishop include exemplary interpersonal skills and a good grasp of Christian teaching.


The qualities of a bishop are discussed also in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, and in many respects the discussions in 1 Timothy and Titus overlap. But there are also some slight differences. In the passage from 1 Timothy the qualities have to do primarily with administrative matters, but in this passage from Titus there is more emphasis on interpersonal skills and teaching. The bishop should teach sound doctrine and refute false teachers.

Titus 1:7-9

7For a bishop,* as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or addicted to wine or violent or greedy for gain; 8but he must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, prudent, upright, devout, and self-controlled. 9He must have a firm grasp of the word that is trustworthy in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able both to preach with sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.

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