6/5/2005 ~ Deacons
The Lord God Almighty calls all good men to service.
There is a need.
People are desperate for a local church
with qualified elders and deacons.
Do not look for a title but ask what your service could be.
Our commitment should be to service.
Too often, busy people are expected to do most of the work.
Excellence involves quantity.
Widows in the 1st century were being neglected.
Some though would look to the church for a free lunch.
There was no Social Security (or Insecurity).
It was serious, people were dying of starvation.
┌─> How would responsibility be delegated?
... because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. ...
~ Acts 6:1-7
... is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. ...
~ Exodus 18:18-23
Power must be delegated in order to assist all.
┌─> The church had created a general welfare fund.
... So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, ... ~ Acts 2:45-46
... do not let the church be burdened, ... ~ 1st Timothy 5:16
└─> They wanted to make sure it was a widow in need.
Not desirable work. <─┐
... It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve
tables. ~ Acts 6:2
The Apostles needed to preach.
... For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 3:3
● The failing is people not taking responsibility. ●
... we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 3:9
... each one's work will become clear; ... ~ 1st Corinthians 3:13
Which should befall every Christian man. <──┐
┌─> Each church has responsibilities. │
... in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: ...
~ Philippians 1:1-2
We need to care about souls in need.
└─> What are "her" needs.
... visit orphans and widows in their trouble, ... ~ James 1:27
Things that need to be done should not just fall through the cracks.
Men need to assume assignments so those in the church may appreciate
what has been done.
We need to help elders so they can get on with their work.
... elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, ...
~ 1st Timothy 5:17-18
Good men in service is the backbone of the church.
... seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, ... ~ Acts 6:3
┌─> Being filled with the word of God.
... submitting to one another in the fear of God. ~ Ephesians 5:18-21
┌─> And from them were chosen.
┌─> Christians who had grown up in Christ.
Likewise deacons must be reverent, ... ~ 1st Timothy 3:8-13
└─> Mystery of faith = Deep, core of Godliness
To have better elders and deacons, we need better Christians.
Thank God we have deacons.
We need to pray for them.
We need good men to be fruitful for Him.
... to conduct yourself in the house of God, ... ~ 1st Timothy 3:14-16
We need to be in Christ and serve Him.
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