From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“Paul gave Timothy insight and instruction into how “one ought to conduct himself in the household of God”, to put this “truth” into practice as would a disciple (in I Timothy 3: 15).  Paul encourages Timothy to be dedicated to truth, to be a “pillar and support of the truth.”  Paul describes how a disciple is a leader in the home, and in the church, the “household of God.”  Paul makes sure that Timothy understands that being a disciple is “work” that one must “desire to do” (I Timothy 3: 1).  Discipline is the consistent application of truth to one’s life.  Spiritual growth occurs only when one is dedicated to the truth; honesty is the predicate to growth.

A disciple’s personal life must be in order, manifesting that his relationship with the truth, with God, is in ‘good working order’.  Being dedicated to the truth- “Thy Word is truth” (John 17: 17), a disciple “must be above reproach, the husband of one wife; temperate; prudent; respectable; hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle; peaceable; free from the love of money; he must manage his own household well, be a good parent; as a leader in the household of God not a new convert, but one having been tested; he must have a good reputation with those outside the household; he must be honest; she must be dignified; self-controlled; not a gossiper and, he must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.””

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