God’s Plan for Order in the Church: Part 7

Posted by on Apr 27, 2009 in Rev. Serven

The Lord Jesus fulfilled the role of deacon better than anyone. The office of deacon. A deacon is especially desirous and conscious of meeting people’s physical and spiritual needs, both inside and outside the church. Qualifications of deacons. Rewards for Deacons.

Text: 1 Timothy 3:8-13

Two offices were established by the Apostles for the on-going welfare of Christ’s Church—elders and deacons (cf. Acts 6:1-6; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1: 5-9; Heb. 13:7, 17; 1 Pet. 5:1-5). Paul, having already set forth the qualifications for elders, now shifts his focus to the deacons. In a similar fashion he enumerates general lifestyle issues and personal character traits that each deacon should manifest. Moreover, he identifies several negative behaviors and vices the deacon should not have.

The vision of the Apostles was to establish an office within the Churcn that emphasized the meeting of physical needs. But, this office was more than just for “serving tables”—it was an ordained office with spiritual authority to preach, teach, and assist in governing the local Church.

Some have wrongly taught that women are able to serve as “deaconesses”. But the arguments for this view are exceedingly weak and should be rejected (cf. Acts 6:5-6; 1 Tim. 2:11-15). Instead, we see Paul commending the “wives” of deacons to assist them (vs. 11). Thus, Paul lists qualifications of the deacon’s wives as well.

Pray that the office of deacon will be firmly established within our congregation.