Charge to a Deacon Candidate
1 Timothy 3:8-10, 12-13
Acts 6:3
Richard S. Dickson

  1. The call to serve in the biblical office of deacon is a special one:

  2. To be called to serve as deacon is that

  3. So what character qualifications are there: 1 Timothy 3:8-10, 12-13

    1. grave
      • gravity & dignity combined
      • recognize the seriousness of purpose & the effects of one's conduct
      • don't take the service lightly

    2. not doubletongued
      • not insincere, but sincere
      • not one thing to one & something else to another
      • not a people pleaser

    3. not given to much wine (tipsy)
      • avoid addictive substances
      • not escapism - face reality squarely

    4. not greedy of filthy lucre
      • not dishonest gain
      • but work honestly

    5. holding the mystery of the faith
      • sound doctrine with a pure conscience

    6. husband of one wife
      • literally a one woman man
      • faithful

    7. ruling children & house well
      • manage, lead
      • Ephesians 6:4 - fathers provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in nurture and admonition of the Lord

    8. Two More - Acts 6:3

    9. full of wisdom
      • practical knowledge

    10. full of the Spirit
      • spiritual dependency

  4. I charge you (name of candidate) to be serious of purpose & high of character, sincere, facing reality head on; to be honest in work & finances; to be sound in doctrine; to be faithful to your wife, your church, & your Lord; to manage your household well; and to be both practical and spiritual in your service to the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. May God be with you.

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