The office of deacon is one ministry and
service to Jesus Christ through His church
He is full of the Holy Spirit
(Acts 6:3,5) - Such men are spiritually minded and
submissive to God's leadership.
He is full of wisdom (Acts 6:3) -
Such men have spiritual knowledge and understanding that
provide sound direction for the ministry of the church.
He is also full of faith (Acts
6:5) - Spiritual men walk by faith and not by sight because
they know and trust the God of the Word and believe in the
Word of God.
He has a good reputation (Acts
6:3) - Such a man demonstrates integrity and honesty to
others. He has a believable Christian life.
He is a man who is not double-tongued,
but is sincere in his speech (1 Timothy 3:8) - Such a man
should speak with verbal honesty and integrity, not saying
one thing to one person and something else to another.
This man abstains from the use of
addictive drugs for other than medical purposes, and from
the sale and use of alcoholic beverages (1 Timothy 3:8)
- He realizes the importance of his Christian influence and
is willing to limit his liberty for the sake of others.
He is not a greedy
person (I Timothy 3:8) - Such a man is free from the
love of money and other earthly possessions.
This man has a deep
Biblical commitment (I Timothy 3:9) - This man holds to
the truths of the Christian faith with a clear conscience.
He is not easily swayed from the truth because he strives to
live what he knows.
He must first be tested
and proven (I Timothy 3:10) - This man must have proved
over time that he is faithful and that his walk is credible.
He must also be beyond
reproach and blameless (I Timothy 3:10) Such a man must
display a lifestyle free from continual patterns of
Scriptural disobedience. There should be nothing in his life
for which he could be accused and thus disqualified.
This man's wife
should be a woman worthy of respect, not a malicious gossip,
buy temperate and faithful in everything (I Timothy 3:11)
He should be the
husband of one wife (I Timothy 3:12) - He should be
devoted an faithful to his wife.
He must manage his
children and his household well (I Timothy 3:12) - Such
a man should demonstrate leadership in his home life. He
should have a well-ordered family life and well-behaved
He must recognize
God-given spiritual leadership that is incumbent upon
the office of pastor and seek to submit to his leadership
(Hebrews 13:7, 17).
He shall practice
"storehouse tithing" of his family income (Malachi 3:10)
He should do all he can
to create and preserve unity and harmony in the church