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Biblical Church Leadership: Deacons

Jul 15, 2018 by: Tom Hopewell

Two positions of Biblical Leadership in the Church

Why we have elders and deacons:

     Elder– elder, bishop, pastor   Acts 20:17, 28

     Deacon– servant    Acts 6:1-7 / 1 Timothy 3:8-11

Philippians 1:1

I. The reasons for deacons. Acts 6:1-7
     A. To serve the physical needs of the church.
     B. To preserve the unity of the church.
     C. To support the teaching of the Word.

II. The requirements to be a deacon. 1 Tim. 3:8-12
     A. Dignified
     B. Not double-tongued
     C. Not addicted to much wine
     D. Not greedy for dishonest gain
     E. Clearly hold the mystery of the faith
     F. Tested
     G. Have a godly, faithful wife
     H. Be a one-woman man
     I. Be a godly husband and father in the home

III. The rewards of deacons. 1 Timothy 3:13 
     A. A good standing.
     B. Great confidence in the faith.

Next Steps:
How should we respond to deacons?
     ~ Pray for them, giving thanks to God.
     ~ Receive their deaconing with grace.
     ~ Praise their deaconing giving glory to God.