In a few weeks our church will elect and ordain a new set of deacons and deaconesses. Therefore, we need some teaching from Scripture about the role of deacons in the local church. As we begin this message on the role of deacons, we need to begin by learning what deacons are not: One, deacons do not have the responsibility of policing the pastors. Two, deacons are not the ruling body of the church. Three, deacons are not the defenders of church tradition. Four, deacons are not the old men of the church. Five, deacons are the controllers of the church’s finances. Six, deacons do not have the final say on church decisions. Having looked at what deacons are not, it is important that we also consider what deacons are or at least what they should be. One, deacons are servants. The word “deacon” comes from the Greek term diakonos, which originally referred to a waiter, an attendant, one who ran errands or other menial duties.
Two, deacons are advisors. They are often important advisors to pastors and congregations. Three, deacons are examples. They are to have such character, dedication and integrity that others in the church can look to them as examples and role models. Four, deacons are leaders. Because of the very nature of their calling and work, deacons are to lead out in the church. From the passage dealing with the calling of the very first deacons, we see Four Aspects of the Ministry of Deacons. One, Why Were Deacons Needed? (vv.1-2, 4). Deacons were needed because the Church was Growing. v.1 says “in those days” that “the number of the disciples was multiplying.” They were experiencing rapid church growth. Acts 2:47 says “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” As the church grew, so did the problems.
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