A. In a broad sense the word "deacon" is used referring to a servant, an attendant, ora minister. It is derived from the Greek word "diako" which means to "run" or the
"hasten." This suggest that "diako" is an action word, alluding to active service. In this general sense it includes:
- Evangelists (Eph. 6:21; Col. 1:7; I Tim. 4:6 )
- Any of the faithful servants of Christ (Jn. 12:26)B. In a special sense "diako" refers to men assigned to duties within the local congregation. Since they are spoken of in connection with the elders, it is understood that they are considered to hold a type of official relationship within the local church.
- Phil. 1:1 - Here elders and deacons are distinguished from the saints in general.
- I Tim. 3:8-13 - Spoken of in the context of a qualified group (along with elders) indicates that deacons held an established, constituted position.
A. By definition a "deacon" is contrasted with an "elder." While the word "elder" refers to one who overseers, "deacon" signifies one who is a helper, a minister or assistant.
B. Acts 6:1-6
- These men were selected to relieve the apostles of secular duties and responsibilities so they might give themselves more fully to spiritual matters.
- These men were selected from among the congregation to fulfill a role. They were received and appointed by the apostles.
- The work for which they were selected and their performance of it was significant of a special responsibility.
A. I Tim. 3:8-13
- Not double tongued
- Not given to wine
- Not greedy for money
- Holding the faith in a pure heart
- Husband of one wife
- Ruling their children and homes wellB. Acts 6:1-6
- "A man of honest report" - a good reputation both within and without the church.
- "Full of the Holy Spirit" - bearing the fruit of the Spirit. (cf. Gal. 5:22-24)
- "Full of wisdom" - a man of prudence and sound judgment.
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