Blameless, blameless, blameless, blameless, blameless

The word “blameless” as a requirement for bishops and deacons occurs 5 times in I  Timothy and Titus.  It means  unaccusable, unreprovable, not open to censure.  The requirements for this office consist entirely of character qualities and family management, except that bishops must be able to teach.     The term bishop and elder are used interchangeably for those who have oversight over a congregation, while the deacon deals primarily with physical needs.  The term “priest” is never used to describe any New Testament church leader.

Blameless used for leaders:  I Timothy 3:2, 3:10, 5:7; Titus 1:6

Correction, Rebuke, Exhortation, Admonishment–The First Step in Church Discipline

Correction is a vital part of New Testament church leadership and participation by the Body of Christ.  To understand this category, we need to turn to the Old Testament as well.  Here is a listing of the verses.  

Leviticus 19:17, Proverbs 9:8, Proverbs 15:32, Proverbs 17:10, Proverbs 19:25, Proverbs 27:5,6, Luke 17:3, I Timothy 5:1, I Timothy 5:20, 2 Timothy 4:2, Titus 1:13, Titus 2:15, 2 Thess. 3:14-15