ROGER DETHLOFF. GERALD NEILL. JOE D. TIDWELL. Deacon comes from the Greek word diakonos translated as servant, minister, or deacon.
Deacon comes from the Greek word diakonostranslated as servant, minister, or deacon
Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
Mark 10: 42 But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 "Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.44 "And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons
1 Timothy 3: 8 Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, 9 holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. 10 But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. 11 Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Reverent/Grave - Onewho is respectable
Not Doubled Tongued – Not two faced
Not much wine – Not a drunkard
1 Timothy 5:23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.
Ephesians 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
1 Corinthians 6: 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
Proverbs 20:1Wine is a mocker, Strong drinkis a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Proverbs 23: 29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? 30 Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine. 31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly; 32 At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper. 33 Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things. 34 Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:35 "They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?"
Not greedy for money – not lovers of money
Holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.
Romans 16: 25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now has been made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures has been made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith -- 27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever.
To hold the mystery of the faith means to understand and be steadfast in the truth
Let them be tested – scripturally
Their wives are to be reverent
Not Slanders – not speaking evil of others
Temperate/sober – not a drunk
Faithful in all thing – serious about God
Deacons are to have 1 wife and children
Rule the children and household well steadfast in the truth
Rule - be a leader, have authority over, manage; care for
A good standing – a trustworthy servant
Acts 6:1 steadfast in the truth Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 "Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 "but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word." 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude.
EVERYONE steadfast in the truth