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The Office Of Deacon

1 TIM 3:8-13


KJV 8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. KJV

NASU 8 Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, 9 but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. 11 Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households. 13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. NASU

HCSB 8 Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money, 9 holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons. 11 Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything. 12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently. 13 For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. HCSB

Introduction
In Baptist Churches today you will find differences of opinions about the qualifications for the office of deacon. My interpretation of the scriptures is based upon a very conservative base. My starting point is that of a person who believes in the inspiration, infallibility, and inerrancy of scripture of the original autographs, and the care of God through the years.

1. The . . Manner Of The Deacon. 3:8a,b.c.
    8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, . . ."


A. The Manner . . Of Temperament. v 8a
    ". . . must the deacons be grave,. . ."
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        Means Dignity.          Worthy Of Respect


  B. The Manner . . Of Tongue. v 8b
    ". . . must the deacons be not, . . . not double-tongued,
    
            Not Hypocritical.

  C. The Manner . . Of Temperance. v 8c
    ". . . the deacons . . . not given to much wine, . . ."
       

            Not addicted To wine. = Not a drinker. A total abstainer.

Illustration
The Baptist standard has been total abstinence. Not a drinker of alcoholic beverages period.




2. The . . Motivation Of The Deacon. 3:8d
    ". . . not greedy of filthy lucre; . . ." KJV
    ". . . or fond of sordid gain, . . .," NASU
    ". . . not greedy for money, . . ." HCSB

Illustration
If a deacon has a choice of attending a revival meeting or a meeting about some get rich scheme, he needs to be in the revival.



3. The . . Mystery Of The Faith and the Deacon. 3:9
       9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

        The term "The Faith" Usually means The New Testament Doctrine.

        Faith with out the article "The" may just refer to our personal experience of Faith.

Illustration
Deacons need to know what it means to be a Baptist. We do have some distinctives.

    1. Our belief about Salvation is different. It Is Grace Alone.
    2. Our belief about Baptism is different. It Is Believers Baptism. It is a Church Ordinance,n n
not an individual ordinance.   
    3.    . Our belief about Eternal Life is different.

    4. Our belief about Church Government is different.
    5. Do You Know why some so called Baptist can join the Methodist Church? Because they are not Baptist.

        I am in favor of Baptist Being Baptist, and knowing why they are Baptist.  
           
Be Strong In Bible Principals and Your Baptist beliefs base on the Bible.


4. The . . Modeling Lifestyle Of The Deacon. 3:10
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       10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

A. Deacons Need To Be Men Of Example.
      
10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found
blameless.

        Proven In The Church.
        Proven In The Community.        

            No Blame, or legitimate finger pointing.


5. The . . Marriage Of The Deacon. 3:11
        11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

        A. Wives of the Deacons Need To Be Similar In Lifestyleand demeanor. Not the office of a Deaconess, but a deacon's wife.

B. The Old time way of interpretation does not need changing.

C. I do not believe this eliminates a Single Deacon.


6. The . . Management Of The Deacon. 3:12
    12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

A. The Phrase: the husbands of one wife,
        Means The Deacon Is To Be a One Woman Man.
Not a Flirt.     

    1.   
Not A Divorced Man.
           
a.     This Has Been The Long Time Standing Interpretation Of This Verse.
           
b. No New Skills to change this interpretation.
             c.  
Not Referring To Polygamy.        
              1)    Jews at this time did not have multiple wives.
                   2)   
Greeks Did Not Practice Polygamy.

B. The Phrase: Ruling their children and their own houses well.


7. The . . Medals Of The Deacon. 3:13
13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good
degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. KJV