Qualifications for Deacons

October 16, 2022 Pastor: Jared Cornutt Series: God's House: A Series from 1 Timothy

Passage: 1 Timothy 3:8–13

Prayer for All Members Based on Pastor Jared’s Message, October 16, 2022 1 Timothy 3:8-13
Qualifications for Deacons

Introduction: The Bible gives us two offices in the church – pastors (also called elders and overseers) and deacons. Here we consider what a deacon is, who can be a deacon, and the reward for his service.

  1. Definition of a Deacon.

    The word “deacon” means “servant” – one who ministers to and cares for others. As with the seven men who were appointed to oversee the ministry to widows in the early church (Acts 6), deacons may oversee mercy ministries and other roles as needed in the church, allowing pastors to focus on preaching and prayer. The loving service of deacons can be a testimony of Christ to the watching world.

    Father, please cause our deacons to reflect the love and service of Christ as they meet important needs!

  2. Qualifications of a Deacon. (3:8-12)

    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.

    Who can be a deacon?

    • One who lives a dignified life, a life worthy of respect: not double-tongued, but a man of his word; not addicted to much wine, but temperate; not greedy, but generous.

    • One who possesses sound doctrine: he knows and holds to the deep truths of the faith. Deacons use sound doctrine as they minister to others, such as when they visit the sick.

    • One who has been tested: his reputation shows that he lives his life consistently with his faith.

    • One who has a stable home: his wife also lives a dignified life and has the same heart for

      ministry; he is a “one-woman” man, devoted physically, spiritually, and emotionally to his wife and to serving her; he disciplines his children in love.

      Father, please enable our deacons to continue to exemplify dignity, sound doctrine, consistency, and godly families.

  3. Rewards of a Deacon. (3:13)

    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.

    Our deacons are a gift of grace from God; they know and are grateful for what Jesus has done for us. Though they serve for Christ, they themselves receive benefit for their ministry:

    • A high standing – “the last will be first.”

    • Great confidence – courage and boldness in their faith.
      Those who most give themselves away live with the most joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment.

      Father, thank You for your gracious work in and through our deacons! Please help them continue to serve well and to gain great honor and confidence.

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