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Title: Let Them Serve as Deacons

Let Them Serve as Deacons
  • 1 Timothy 38-13

Definition of Deacon
  • Thayers Greek Definitions d??????? (diakonos)
  • one who executes the commands of another,
    especially of a master, a servant, attendant,
  • KJV translations of Diakonos
  • Minister 14 Ministers 6
  • Servant 4 Servants 3
  • Deacons 3
  • Context determines if reference to the office

Acts 61-6
  • Term deacon not used here
  • That this was a job of import signified by
  • The nature of the job (over this business)
  • The qualifications of the men
  • Of good report (reputation)
  • Full of Holy spirit and wisdom
  • Laying on of apostles hands
  • Office of deacon is the only one that fits here
  • Notice the purpose of this in verses 2 and 4

Philippians 11
  • Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
    To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in
    Philippi, with the bishops and deacons
  • Paul addresses the bishops and deacons
  • These are the only two offices in the church
  • That deacons is stated with bishops apart
    from the saints signifies that this is a
    distinct office, not a general term.

1 Timothy 38-13
  • Deacons must be
  • Reverent
  • Not double tongued
  • Not given to much wine
  • Not greedy for money
  • Holding mystery of faith with pure conscience
  • Blameless
  • Husband of one wife
  • Ruling children and house well

Hold It!
  • Verse 11 states the character a deacons wife must
  • Must be reverent
  • Not a slanderer (false accuser)
  • Temperate (sober, moderate)
  • Faithful in all things (one who can be trusted)
  • As with elders, deacons need wives who will be
    strong for them, bear with them the burden of
    their duty, and be good examples

The Duty Has Its Reward!
  • For those who have served well as deacons obtain
    for themselves a good standing and great boldness
    in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
    1 Tim 313 (NKJV)

Some Points to Notice
  • The office of deacon holds no authority
  • The elders may authorize a deacon to perform a
    task, thus he bears such authority as granted him
    for that purpose.
  • Deacons are not Little elders
  • The office is authorized by God and is honorable,
    with its rewards
  • Number suitable to the task at hand
  • Seven men served the thousands in Jerusalem
  • Deacon appt. should be weighed seriously

  • The office of deacona noble goal for which all
    qualified men should aspire!
  • Remembera deacon is a servantas we all should
  • May God grant us godly, spiritual men to serve
    as deacons in His church to fulfill His purpose
    as we glorify Him.

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