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An Examination of I Timothy 3:1-11 (Part 4): Qualifications of DEACONS!

Another trip to New Jersey! Linda and I will be there from September 28 to October 7. I will be preaching at Cedarcroft Bible Chapel and I get to teach Sunday School both September 29th and October 6th! My assigned passage is I Timothy 3. We’ll look at verses 1-11 for September 29 and then later at I Timothy 3:12-16 for the October 6th Sunday School. Let’s take a further look at this first part of I Timothy 3 (vv. 1-11):

We’ve seen that the “task” of being an “overseer” is a noble one, one which is described by one of Paul’s six “trustworthy sayings.”

This passage divides nicely into (1) qualifications for overseers (vv. 1-7); (2) qualifications for deacons (vv. 8-10); and (3) a comment about either the wives of the deacons or a 3rd category of leadership: deaconesses (v. 11).

The qualifications for overseers, if one examines them closely, could be divided into (1) personal qualities; (2) relational qualities; (3) family qualities; and (4) external qualities.

Satan is deeply invested in messing up the leadership in the local church — we read that one aspiring to be an overseer must not be a “recent convert” because of the temptation of becoming conceited & falling “under the same judgment as the devil” (v. 6). The one aspiring to leadership must have a good reputation with “outsiders” so that “he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap” (v. 7).

We then read of the qualifications of those who wish to serve as deacons (vv. 8-10). Their qualifications are personal (“worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain”) and theological (“must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience”). A TEST is required before such a person serves as a deacon (v. 10)! [Interesting that such a “test” is not mentioned about the overseers. But is assumed?].

Would you pray for those who serve as deacons in your church? I just did.

(to be continued)

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2019 in I Timothy 3

 

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An Examination of I Timothy 3:1-11 (Part 3):What’s THE DEVIL Got to Do with It?

Linda and I are looking forward to our New Jersey visit September 28 to October 7. I get to preach at Cedarcroft Bible Chapel — and — teach Sunday School both Sundays! My assigned passage is I Timothy 3. We’ll look at verses 1-11 for September 29 and then later at I Timothy 3:12-16 for the October 6th Sunday School. Let’s take a third look at this first part of I Timothy 3 (vv. 1-11):

1. We saw in our last post that the “task” of being an “overseer” is a noble one, one which is described by one of Paul’s six “trustworthy sayings.”

2. The passage divides nicely into (1) qualifications for overseers (vv. 1-7); (2) qualifications for deacons (vv. 8-10); and (3) a comment about either the wives of the deacons or a 3rd category of leadership: deaconesses (v. 11).

3. The qualifications for overseers are quite high, aren’t they? Examining those characteristics closely, one could divide them into (1) personal qualities; (2) relational qualities; (3) family qualities; and (4) external qualities.

4. I am particularly intrigued by the references to the devil in verses 6-7. One aspiring to be an overseer must not be a “recent convert” because of the temptation of becoming conceited and falling “under the same judgment as the devil.” And his external reputation with “outsiders” must be praiseworthy so that “he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.” Wow. Satan is deeply invested in messing up the leadership of the local church, isn’t he? (to be continued)

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2019 in I Timothy 3

 

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An Examination of I Timothy 3:1-11 (Part 2): TRUSTWORTHY Sayings!

As Linda and I plan on visiting New Jersey September 28 to October 7, I’ll be teaching Sunday School both Sundays and my assigned passage is I Timothy 3.

We’ll look at I Timothy 3:1-11 for September 29 and then later at I Timothy 3:12-16 for the October 6th Sunday School. Let’s continue thinking through that first part of I Timothy 3 (vv. 1-11):

What do we learn here about “overseers”:

1. First, it would be helpful to collect all the “trustworthy sayings” to which Paul refers. The Apostle uses that expression in the following passages: I Tim. 1:15; 3:1; 4:9; II Tim. 2:11; Titus 1:9; and Titus 3:8. Here’s a simple chart I put together of those “trustworthy sayings”:

At the very least, we have to say that aspiring to be an overseer in the church is a God-honoring, worthy desire!

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2019 in I Timothy 3

 

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An Examination of I Timothy 3:1-11 (Part 1): God’s Concern for LEADERS!

Friends: Some of you know that Linda and I will be traveling to the pagan land of New Jersey September 28 to October 7. Cedarcroft Bible Chapel is having me speak on the two Sundays September 29 and October 6. I also get to teach Sunday School both Sundays and I’ve been assigned I Timothy 3 as my text. This morning let’s begin a multi-part study of that passage.

We’ll look at I Timothy 3:1-11 for September 29 and then later at I Timothy 3:12-16 for the October 6th Sunday School.

Let’s begin with a few observations of this text:

1. First, this passage is clearly a discussion of leadership in the church. Verses 1-7 are about overseers and verses 8-10 concern deacons. Verse 11 may be speaking about deaconesses.
2.The qualifications for both these offices (overseers and deacons) are quite extensive.

May I ask you this morning to take a few minutes to pray specifically for the leaders in your church — the elders and deacons who seek to serve Christ as they serve you?

I just did this. Join me? (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2019 in I Timothy 3

 

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A Great Quote from Pastor John Piper: The Purposes of God

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2019 in sovereignty

 

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Another Erma Bombeck Quote: On Mothering!

“Someday, when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a mother, I’ll tell them: I loved you enough to bug you about where you were going, with whom and what time you would get home. … I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover your friend was a creep. I loved you enough to make you return a Milky Way with a bite out of it to a drugstore and confess, ‘I stole this.’ … But most of all I loved you enough to say no when you hated me for it. That was the hardest part of all.”

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2019 in mothers

 

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Greatest Animal Escapes!

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2019 in escapes

 

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