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Derived from the Greek word 'episkope', pronounced ep-is-kop-ay', in the New Testament, 'Bishop' was the title assigned to the Spiritual Elder, whose job it was to oversee and visit the various home churches in a particular city or area. For example; Timothy was the first Bishop of Ephesus, while Titus was the first Bishop of Crete. In describing the office of a Bishop, the Apostle Paul wrote: "This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil." 1 Timothy 3:1-7, KJV Of course, our True Bishop is none other than Jesus Christ Himself, as we see here: "For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." 1 Peter 2:25, KJV

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