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The Fourth Qualification: The Deacon's Faith

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This combination of a practical, nuts-and-bolts focus and a separation from doctrinal and pastoral oversight ministry might tempt a church to overlook the piety and conviction of a candidate. That would be a grave mistake....

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The Third Qualification: The Deacon's Wisdom

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The very fact that this responsibility requires dedicated attention should tell us that it may not come easily, and that not just anyone will be able to fulfill it. It’s no surprise, then, that the third qualification emphasized by the apostles in Acts 6 is wisdom......

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The Second Qualification: The Deacon's Maturity

Deacons Maturity

Having seen last week that the first qualification of a potential deacon is a solid reputation, we now turn to look at the second qualification found in Acts chapter 6: being “full of the Spirit.” Of all the qualifications, this one is perhaps most at risk of being misunderstood in the present day. What does “filled with the Spirit” mean?...

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The First Qualification: The Deacon's Reputation

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Now that we’ve looked at the intent, mission, and objective of the New Testament deacon, it’s time to look at what kind of Christians fill this office. What are the qualifications of those called to be deacons?...

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Freeing Elders For Word and Prayer: The Deacon's Objective

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We see in Acts 6 that even in the earliest church the temptation to be distracted from this ministry is strong. The apostles put it in blunt terms: “it is not right that we should give up the preaching of the Word of God to serve tables.”...

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Caring For Practical Needs: The Deacon's Mission

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The mission of the office of deacon is to care for practical needs in the local church....

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The Deacon's Intent: Fostering Church Unity

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Deacons exist, first and foremost, with the intent of fostering unity in the church. Only with that primary purpose in mind can we then turn to look at others....

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Divine, Not Human, Design: The Deacon's Origin

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The starting point, then, for any discussion of the office of deacon is to recognize that the Church which the diaconal office is designed to serve is neither of human design or at human disposal to restructure....

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Colossians: A Study Guide for Women

We're excited to make available a new Bible study resource for women!...

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7 Pastoral Emphases For 2019


As a pastor entering the new year, I’m thinking about certain things that I’d like to highlight in my ministry to the church. For my church, the needed focus areas might be different than yours. There are also other items my church is focusing on that aren’t included here (like church planting). At this stage in our church’s growth, and in view of the current clima...

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