• W. Austin Gardner

Challenge for Every Deacon

Updated: Dec 17, 2020




Acts 6: 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

  1. Constantly work on your testimony Acts 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

  2. Be in your place consistently and faithfully

  3. Fulfill your ministry

  4. Take care of your personal finances

  5. Honor God with your money by supporting your church and attempting to reach the world with the gospel by your giving

  6. Be a Bible reader and studier

  7. Share your faith

  8. Live in moral and spiritual victory

  9. Be completely surrendered to the Holy Ghost of God Acts 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

  10. Be controlled by the Spirit of God not sinful nature and selfish desires

  11. Live in awesome respect, fear of the Lord, which would indicate the beginning of wisdom

  12. Esteem the ministry of the Word and prayer above the practical needs of the church

  13. Love and treat people well as the love of God is shed abroad in your heart

  14. Constantly evaluate your wisdom, your thinking James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

  15. Remember to serve Acts 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

  16. Live in humility Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

  17. Serve even in the menial tasks with no glory or applause

  18. Take seriously this ministry I Timothy 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

  19. Be sincere in your speech I Timothy 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;


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