I. Qualifications of Overseers! a. 1 Timothy 3:8-13 Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 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. II. Where did the office of deacon originate? a. Acts 6:1-4 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. 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. 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; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” III. The Ministry of a Deacon! a. Deacon – diakoneo – to be an attendant, wait upon as a host, friend, or teacher. IV. Qualifications a. The Deacon’s Personal Character i. Reverent – one respected because of age, wisdom or character. One who is honorable / honest. ii. Not double tongued – double in speech, saying one thing to one person, another to a different person (with intent to deceive). iii. Not given to much wine – “oinos” – the fiery wine of God’s wrath. iv. Not greedy for money – greedy of filthy lucre, eager for base gain, greedy for money, (what’s in if for me), 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” b. The Deacon’s Spiritual life – i. Holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience – A conscience that’s not bringing guilt on you. Why? Because you’re holding the truth and you're obeying the truth. c. The Deacon’s Christian Service i. Let the Deacon be tested – the grammar used here is called a present passive which means it’s an ongoing test, not an aorist which would be some kind of a probationary period or point in time in which they were tested. It’s an ongoing thing. d. The Deacon’s Moral Purity i. He must be blameless - without reproach, no blot on their life, without spot, without blemish, nothing for which they could be accused and disqualified. ii. He must be the husband of one wife – Literally means he is to be a one woman man! Since the first deacons in Acts 6 were to care for the widows of the first church, it only makes since that they are not men who struggle with lust. To take the phrase, “Husband of one wife”, to mean he can never have been divorced is not consistent since none of the other qualifications listed refer to specific acts in the past (prior to salvation or subsequent to salvation) but rather to qualities which currently characterize a man’s life. The best understanding of this qualification, “One woman man,” is that it refers to a man who is completely committed to his wife both physically and emotionally. He is in love with his wife and no other – in print, on the screen, or in real life. e. The Deacon’s home life i. Ruling their children and their own houses well – manage the people in their home, children, possessions, be a good steward of funds, money, and display leadership. Know how to handle situations, solve problems, because that’s what a deacon will have to do! ii. You are to live an exemplary life and have a model of it in your home.
1 Timothy 3:8-13