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II: WHAT DEACONS BELIEVE
III: WHO DEACONS OBSERVE
This is important because of 1 Timothy 3:14–15
I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.
- be dignified
- not be double-tongued
- not be addicted to much wine
- not be greedy for dishonest gain (all from v8)
- hold the mystery of the faith w/a clear conscience (skip this one -v9- for now)
- be tested first (begins w/v10)
- be proved blameless (after this one from v10; skip v11 for now, go to v12)
- be the husband of one wife (begins v12)
- manage children/household well (ends w v12, now go to v11 on women)
GYNAIKAS (root: gyne) HOSAUTOS:
HCSB: Wives, too (also check the footnotes!) –OR-
NASB: women must likewise be (NRSV is similar)
NOTES: examples from early church history: Apostolic Constitutions, letter of Pliny the Younger, etc. emphasis is on the service not so much the title and either way these are women serving in ministry. Why couldn’t it mean the deacons wives and the women who assist the deacons and female deacons? Especially when Romans 16:1-2 seems to indicate Phoebe may have been a deacon?
Romans 16:1–2 (ESV) I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, 2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.
(NIV, NLT and NRSV have deacon. ESV, NASB, and others have servant. Diakonos is the root word)
- be dignified
- not be slanderers
- be sober-minded
- be faithful in all things
- he was manifested in the flesh
- vindicated by the Spirit
- seen by angels
- proclaimed among the nations
- believed on in the world
- taken up in glory
See Acts 6:1–7
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