Summary: Here’s a sermon for the ordination of elders and deacons.

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Ordination Service

1 Timothy 3:1-13

1 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.

2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;

3not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;

4one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence

5(for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);

6not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.

7Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,

9holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.

10But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless.

11Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

12Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

13For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Leadership is a privilege, and with privilege comes responsibility.

God holds Elders doubly responsible

because they are in a position

where they can either draw people toward Jesus

or drive them away from Him.

Indeed, it is a privilege to be an elder or a deacon.

But it is also an awesome responsibility.


1. Christian leaders should be certain that their goal is to serve God and others, not to receive the title or honor that comes with leadership.

2. Leaders should not use their position for their own advantage or comfort. No task should be "beneath" them--although some tasks may be delegated. They should not ask others to do what they are unwilling to do themselves.

3. Leaders will seek to distinguish their own preferences from the will and welfare of the group as a whole.

4. Normally the position should seek the leader. There may be some situations in which persons may apply or volunteer. Nevertheless, when someone strongly desires a particular responsibility, his or her motivation should be carefully examined.

5. We must learn to see each other as valuable to the Lord and basically equal in his sight.

Today we have the privilege to set aside2 of our men

and ordain them as an elder and a deacon of Gospel Chapel.

This is a very special time for all of us.

In order to set things up right,

what does the church need to know?”

Today we are going to explore the qualifications and the duties

of elders and deacons.

What makes an elder an elder?

What makes a deacon a deacon?

And then we also need to explore what OUR responsibilities are,

as a congregation, to our elders and deacons.

Question #1

What Qualifies a Man to Be an Elder?

Our Bible text today in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 tells us

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