• (1Ti 3:8 ESV) Deacons likewise must be ______________, not double-tongued, not ______________ to much wine, not ______________ for dishonest gain.
    • A deacon is one who is a ______________ of the body of Christ.
    • He is a morally straight person who leads the church in ______________ ministry.
      • Matthew 23:11, John 2:5, Philippians 1:1, 1 Timothy 4:6
      • Deacons serve the church.
    • Acts 6:1-7
      • A problem arises in the early church and is brought to the ______________.
      • They decide to call out seven men to take on the ______________ of service in the body of the church.
      • The church together then working toward the same goal – unified in ______________.
      • Deacons serve the ______________
      • Elders serve the ______________
      • All for the glory of ______________
    • Deacons, like elders, have specific qualifications.
      • They must be dignified
        • Philippians 4:8. Titus 2:2
      • Not double-tongued
        • Saying one thing to one person and another thing¬† to another person.
      • Not addicted to much wine
        • ______________ carries the meaning of being devoted to, cleaving to.
        • 1 Timothy 1:4, 1 Timothy 4:1, 1 Timothy 4:13, Titus 1:14
      • Not ______________ for dishonest gain.
        • Like the elder, a deacon must have ______________ motives
        • Titus 1:7¬† For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above ______________. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
  • (1Ti 3:9 ESV) They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
    • Matthew 13:10-12, 1 Corinthians 2:6-8
    • Calvin: When we see the ungodly making fun of the faith or ignoring it, we must acknowledge that it is through God’s grace that what is hidden from others is clear to us.
    • Matthew 5:8, John 15:3
  • (1Ti 3:10 ESV) And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves ______________.
    • Colossians 1:21-23
  • (1Ti 3:11 ESV) Their ______________ likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.
    • The wife of a deacon must be of equal ______________.
      • Dignified
      • Not a ______________
      • Sober Minded
      • ______________ in all things.
  • (1Ti 3:12 ESV) Let deacons each be the husband of ______________ wife, managing their ______________ and their own ______________ well.
    • Like the elder, a deacon must be a one-woman-man devoted to his ______________.
      • Titus 1:6, Matthew 5:18, Matthe 6:24, Matthe 19:5, Romans 7:2, 1 Corinthians 7:38, 1 Timothy 5, Matthew 5:31-32, Matthew 19:9
  • (1Ti 3:13 ESV) 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.
    • The ______________ must be pure in his motivations and clean in his conscience and he will see great things in the faith as he seeks to follow ______________.