Deacons and Elders

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. 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.

1 Timothy 3:8-13

Whether your church call them deacons or elders Paul give us their qualifications. The word translated as deacon is the Greek word diakonos, which literally means servant. Deacons are selected to serve the church. Paul gives similar qualities for both pastors and deacons. Both are to be held to high standard. They need to be respected in not only the church but also the community. They need to be strong believers or as Paul writes have great confidence in the faith. Without this confidence they would not be able to help others come to the faith or strengthen their faith.

In today’s verses Paul also writes that the wife of a deacon must also behave with decorum, be faithful and respected. We see here how important family is to the well run church. A man or woman who cannot manage their children or household will not manage the people and resources of the church.

I think the most important quality for a church leader or for that matter any Christian is a servant’s heart. When one assumes a leadership role with the thought of what this position will do for me rather than what can I do for Christ then that person is doomed to fail. We must always try to be imitators of Christ. Just as Jesus can to serve and not be served so we too need to come with a servant’s heart.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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