• W. Austin Gardner

Qualifications for Deacons

I Timothy 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

  1. The meaning of the word deacon

  2. Speaks of someone who is busy assisting someone else

  3. That is the first picture we see in Acts 6

  4. Those men assisted the apostles so that they could dedicate themselves to the Word and prayer

  5. The English word deacon is only found in our Bible 5 times

  6. Four of these times are in this passage

  7. The other is Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

  8. The word behind deacon is used many times

  9. A servant doing the biding of another Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. John 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. John 2:9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

  10. The same word is not necessarily a spiritual word

  11. It is a servant doing a job for another

  12. The secret to spiritual greatness Matthew 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. Mark 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. Mark 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

  13. The same word for deacon is translated minister

  14. Minister means servant

  15. We are embarrassed to be considered a servant

  16. We may want a title but not a duty

  17. We may consider the honor but not the actual use of the word

  18. Spiritual service to Jesus with promise, and intimacy implied John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

  19. The word servant explains what a deacon is

  20. There is the promise of being with Him and being honored

  21. But we are but servants

  22. Government officials are deacons Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

  23. Politicians do not understand that they are actually servants of God

  24. They are actually supposed to be doing His bidding

  25. Jesus was a deacon Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

  26. Jesus humbled Himself to be a minister, a servant, a deacon

  27. He was there to prove to them the truth of God’s Word

  28. He humbled Himself to be even mistreated by them

  29. The word deacon is used in reference to Phebe Romans 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

  30. She doesn’t have the title deacon but she was doing the job of a deacon, serving

  31. She served her church

  32. I wondered what she did to be so recognized

  33. Paul and Apollos were deacons I Corinthians 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? II Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.

  34. Even Paul and Apollos should not be lifted up to something more than a servant

  35. We serve Christ to get the gospel to people

  36. Serving meant suffering

  37. He has made us all deacons of the new testament II Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. II Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

  38. We were not given a title of honor but of servant

  39. We serve His new testament, His blood shed, to give our lives like He did

  40. No matter what it takes, how much we suffer we want to be considered His servants

  41. God gives us the privilege of being His servants