August 25, 2013
Our church is getting ready to nominate deacons for the new year so I took Sunday morning to teach on the deacon qualifications in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.
I. The Deacon’s Character (8-10).
II. The Deacon’s Wife (11).
III. The Deacon’s Family (12).
IV. The Deacon’s Reward (13).
John MacArthur: In a special sense, the deacon’s task sums up the essence of spiritual greatness. Our Lord said, “Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.”
The Lord Jesus Himself, then, is the model for those who would step into the deacon’s role. It is a role of service, of sacrifice, and of commitment to others’ needs. The reward of the deacon’s office is not the temporal glory that comes from human adulation, but rather the eternal blessing that comes from living a life of spiritual service to the glory of God.
On Sunday evening we held our first ever outside baptism and tailgate. I baptized 6 people in our back parking lot while our Sunday School classes enjoyed some time of food and fellowship. Visit our church’s Facebook page to see some pictures of the evening’s events.