The Deacon       1Timothy 3:8-13

 If the work of God is going to get done there must be willing workers. Each and every Christian has that responsibility. Titus 3:8, 1 Peter 4:10, Galatians 5:13

God has given a special group of servants to the church.

These special servants are known as “deacons”.

In the early church these men were “servants” who assisted the elders or overseers (bishops) of the church.  These were men who knew how to serve and how to serve well.

In the 20th century we need men who follow in the footsteps of the original deacons.

THE WORK OF THE DEACON – Acts 6:1-7

Acts 6:1-7 “But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. Those who spoke Greek complained against those who spoke Hebrew, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers.  “We apostles should spend our time preaching and teaching the word of God, not administering a food program,” they said. 3 “Now look around among yourselves, brothers, and select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. We will put them in charge of this business. 4 Then we can spend our time in prayer and preaching and teaching the word.”  5 This idea pleased the whole group, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (a Gentile convert to the Jewish faith, who had now become a Christian). 6 These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them.   7 God’s message was preached in ever-widening circles. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.”   NLT

Verse 1 – The deacons were appointed when the work required them                                                                                                    

 Verse 2 – The deacons were appointed when the word of God could have been neglected.                                                                              

Vs. 3 – The deacons were appointed when Godly men were available.             

Vs. 4 – The deacons were appointed when leaders had their priorities straight.                                                                              

 Vss. 5-7 – The deacons were appointed and the church grew.

 THE WAY OF THE DEACON – Vss. 8-12

1 Timothy 3:8-13 “In the same way, deacons must be people who are respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers and must not be greedy for money.  They must be committed to the revealed truths of the Christian faith and must live with a clear conscience. Before they are appointed as deacons, they should be given other responsibilities in the church as a test of their character and ability. If they do well, then they may serve as deacons.  In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not speak evil of others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.  A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well.  Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.”   NLT

The deacon is to be:                                                                            

  1. A man of good behavior – Verse 8, 10b
  2. 2.     A man of pure conscience – Verse 9                                         
  3. 3.     A man who has been proved – Verse 10a                                       
  4. 4.     A man who has a Godly wife – Verse 11                                        
  5. 5.     A man who has his household in order – Verse 12

Perfection is not required, but consistency is….a life known for Godly submission and character.

 THE WAGES OF THE DEACON – Verse 13

The one who is a good deacon earns a good degree or “rank”.

He is promoted in the eyes of God and Man and might go on to bigger and better things for God (Consider Stephen in Acts 6-7).

But even if he does not, his testimony for and his ultimate reward from the Master will be worth it.

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