7715 deacons

7715 deacons

Those who “serve” in the Christian community, assisting the elders or overseers (bishops). The Greek word which the NIV translates four times as “deacon” occurs a further 25 times in the NT, where it is translated as “servant”. It seems that all Christians have a general servant role, whereas some (deacons) are called to a specific office of service within the church.

The Seven: assistants to the apostles

Why they were needed Ac 6:1-4 The verb “wait” means “to serve”.

Their qualifications and selection Ac 6:3

Their names and appointment Ac 6:5-6 Although the Seven are not actually called “deacons”, they were probably the earliest example of Christians carrying out the tasks which came to be linked with deacons.

Deacons were assistants to overseers in Philippi

Php 1:1 All Christians are “saints” (that is, set apart for God), but overseers and deacons have specific roles assigned to them.

Qualifications for men and women deacons

1Ti 3:8-13 There is no NT description of the precise role of deacons (although Ac 6:1-4 may imply a certain role). These qualifications would be appropriate for people responsible for financial management, administration, and social service, such as that offered to widows; 1Ti 3:11 The women may be deacons’wives (NIV text), or deaconesses (NIV footnote).

Phoebe, a deaconess

Ro 16:1 NIV footnote.

See also

2327Christ as servant
5520servants
7026church, leadership
7372hands, laying on
7706apostles
7718elders
7734leaders, spiritual
7748overseers
7784shepherd
7939ministry
8342servanthood
8492watchfulness, leaders

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