Serving our Shepherd

June 16, 2024   /   Palms Baptist Church

Serving Our Shepherd

Scriptures gives us guidelines for Deacons in 1 Timothy 3:

1 timothy 3:8-13, Guidelines for a deacon.

I. Context of 1 Timothy 3:

The Qualifications for Deacon are read often: But not given context. Who was this written to? What church had the deacons that this was written to? These are not abstract qualifications, but written to a real church and pastor and leaders.

1. Paul was writing to Timothy.

  • At that time, Timothy was the pastor of Ephesus, a church Paul had helped found.
  • The church at Ephesus had “elders.” Leaders of several home church’s. Paul preached to these elders in Acts 20. He told them he would probably not see his face again, prayed with them and when he left they wept deeply, kissed him and prayed with him on bended knee.

2. The church . So Paul sent Timothy to correct the doctrinal error.

  • Timothy established . Not just elders, but deacons. When Paul wrote to Timothy, he discussed this office of Deacon. I think it was pretty new. That’s why Paul gives guidelines. Little more established than just the “Seven” in Acts 6.
  • Paul wrote to the church. The book of Ephesians he wrote from Rome. First Timothy he wrote while in Macedonia.
  • Later Timothy was aided by Aquila and Priscilla.

3. Ephesus church had a “Scriptorium”.

  • They were famous for keeping letters of Paul’s. One of their later Pastor’s was named Onesimus.
  • There was a runaway salve Paul sent back to his master with the request the master free him. It is commonly held that Philemon, the master, did release Onesimus, and that Onesimus became a pastor; and that he is the pastor later at Ephesus. If this is true, it would explain why the personal letter of Philemon is in the New Testament. It was saved and preserved at the Scriptorium in Ephesus.

5. Later, the church was It is said by church tradition he brought with him Mary. There is a house there where she is said to have lived.

  • What would John have done? Laid a deep foundation of theology! So strong was the foundation of their theology, that when John was on Patmos, Jesus commended the church for right teaching.
  • Jesus Jesus spoke about this church first in 7 church’s: (Rev. 2:1-6) they, “tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false” (Hate the work of the Nicolatians) (and “you have not grown weary”) They stood firm under serious attack!

= Result of Timothy’s corrections: The church became hyper zealous for right doctrine.

 

II. Expectations of the Deacon Ministry:

Now, young Timothy goes to Ephesus. The church has leaders in the form of “elders.” These seem to be pastors of several groups who lead the Christian community in that city. I think Timothy established a Deacon Ministry. This is probably for the same reason the Apostles established a helps ministry with The Seven.

What does Paul demand of these Deacons: 1 Timothy 3:8-13

  • 1 Tim. 3:8, guard against three seductive sins. Ego, escape and money.
  • 1 Tim. 3:9, there is to be an interest in theology. A relationship with God. They are not pulled into doctrinal error, but hold tight to Orthodoxy.
  • 1 Tim. 3:10, they are to be committed to a long run in the faith. They didn’t suddenly become Christians and then go to be deacons. They known storms, temptations and through it all have already being doing the work of the deacon.
  • 1 Tim. 3:11, “Their wives” lit, “The women.” The danger to the ministry there is particularly speech. That she doesn’t hurt people with what she says.
  • 1 Tim. 3:12, the deacon is to honor the marriage as a covenant, not something he is flippant about. We guard against people who blaze through people, use them up and spit them out. Paul had noted with overseers that they are to manage their own house well or how can we trust them to manage the house of God? Talking about what is in his care. What he has stewardship of. Not what he has no control over. He is to teach his family to love the Lord. By example. By teaching them. Leading! Takes time.
  • The Ordinariness of the qualifications should strike you! These are expectations the God has for every Christian, not just deacons. That is, the deacon is to be an authentic Christian.
  • At Palms, deacons serve in specific ministries.

Ryan: Youth. Serves Deacon Chair. Serves as a one of our Pastors.

2. Brandon: Widows ministry.

3. Paul: Benevolence. Missions.

4. Andrew: Funeral ministry. Grieve with those who grieve. Don’t want to be haphazard at a time when people suffering. Andrew also oversees Men’s ministry.

5. Mat Green and John Burke carry a ministry called, “Pastor Oversight.”

6. Jimmy: property ministry.

7. Larry: Couples ministry.

8. Bryon: AWANA Game Leader

9. Josh: Awana Commander. He didn’t take it seeking it. Called to it.

  • Most important, he be

III. At Ephesus Jesus had a complaint:

  • Revelation 2:4. We cannot serve Him if we do not love Him.
  • What does it mean to “lose” your first love? Not to go back to what it was like when you first got saved. It is to return to Jesus as your number on priority.

 

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