Summary: What can a servant (deacon) do that benefits the church?
A Servant’s Call (Deacon Ordination)
I. The Need for Service (v. 1-2, 4)
a. The church family has needs (v. 1)
b. The pastors cannot forsake their call to study and pray (v. 2, 4)
II. The Qualifications for Service (v. 3-5)
a. Reputable righteousness (v. 3; Proverbs 3:3-4)
c. Experienced wisdom (v. 3; Colossians 4:5-6)
d. Willingness to assist in serving (v. 4)
e. Filled with faith (v. 5)
III. The Commission for Service (v. 5-7)
a. Approval of the congregation through prayer (v. 5-6)
b. Approval of God through results (v. 7)
Proverbs 3:3-4— 3Do not let (A)kindness and truth leave you;
(B)Bind them around your neck,
(C)Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4So you will (D)find favor and (E)good repute
In the sight of God and man.
Colossians 4:5-6— 5(A)Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward (B)outsiders, (C)making the most of the opportunity. 6(D)Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with (E)salt, so that you will know how you should (F)respond to each person.
Matthew 10:20— 20"For (A)it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
Acts 4:31— 31And when they had prayed, the (A)place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all (B)filled with the Holy Spirit and began to (C)speak the word of God with (D)boldness.
Acts 13:52— 52And the disciples were continually (A)filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.