When the Bible Talks About Deacons (2)

When the Bible Talks About Deacons 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).

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When the Bible Talks About Deacons (1)

When the Bible Talks About Deacons 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).
  1. Among the “saints” at Philippi, some were serving as “overseers” and others as “deacons.”
  2. Without “overseers,” significant work is “unfinished” (NIV); full potential is “lacking” (NKJV, Tit 1:5).
  3. Without “deacons,” issues of utmost spiritual concern and oversight can be easily neglected (Acts 6:2).
When the Bible talks about deacons, what can we learn?

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Weakness: An Opportunity for the Gospel

Weakness Opportunity for the Gospel1 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?

  1. Like Adonijah, I am guilty of treason against the true and rightful King (Psa 81:8-16).
  2. As was the case with Adonijah, there are consequences for my self-inauguration (Hos 8:1-14).
  3. Like Adonijah, I should come face-to-face with my weaknesses (Isa 6:1-5).
  4. Like Adonijah, mercy from the King is my only hope (Psa 143).
  5. 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.

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