The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. (1 Tim 3:1) Part 1 of this short series looked at various words from the original language of Scripture that enhance our understanding …Read More »
When [Paul and Barnabas] had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. (Acts 14:21-23)
Who were these "elders"? What was their work? Why did it matter?
Part 1 of this short series looks at various words from the original language of Scripture that enhance our understanding of what elders are and what their work of service entails as revealed in the New Testament.Read More »
In 1 Timothy 3:8-13, the apostle Paul instructed:
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Part 1 of this short series looked at various words from the original language of Scripture that enhance our understanding of what deacons are and how the role of service was developed throughout the New Testament. Part 2 examines the God-breathed qualities these men are to exhibit as servants of the chief Servant (John 13:12-17).Read More »
Philippians 1:1 provides a snapshot of a fully organized local church.
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons...Each member of a local body has work to do (Eph 2:10; 4:12).
- Among the “saints” at Philippi, some were serving as “overseers” and others as “deacons.”
- Without “overseers,” significant work is “unfinished” (NIV); full potential is “lacking” (NKJV, Tit 1:5).
- Without “deacons,” issues of utmost spiritual concern and oversight can be easily neglected (Acts 6:2).
1 Kings 1 tells the story of Adonijah, son of David and Haggith, who "exalted himself, saying, 'I will be king'" when his father was "old and advanced in years" (1 Kings 1:5). By the time the chapter is over, Adonijah is holding onto the horns of an altar in fear of Solomon his brother (1 Kings 1:49-51). Is there anything we can learn from this man’s example?
- Like Adonijah, I am guilty of treason against the true and rightful King (Psa 81:8-16).
- As was the case with Adonijah, there are consequences for my self-inauguration (Hos 8:1-14).
- Like Adonijah, I should come face-to-face with my weaknesses (Isa 6:1-5).
- Like Adonijah, mercy from the King is my only hope (Psa 143).
- As was the case with Adonijah, the King has a choice as to how he will respond to my treason (Rom 5:6-11).
This sermon was delivered on August 25, 2013.Read More »