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Summary: 2 of 4. Paul related the moral qualifications for deacons of the Church. Character traits for deacons of the church are definitive/unequivocal. ?How is the deacon’s fitness determined? The deacon’s fitness is decided thru...

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The DEACON’S FITNESS-II—1Timothy 3:8-13

Attention:

Our new dog, Winslow(compared to him, even the Wind is Slow) A former racing Greyhound found by my son Sam on the Blue Ridge Parkway, emaciated & huddled in a snowbank.

Anyway... unfortunately we ended up with Winslow. But Winslow is a very pet-worthy dog. He is both house trained & leash trained!—Halleluiah, no work for me! He is very well-behaved. He doesn’t growl or bark(unlike our other dog, Little Bit). Even little Bit is becoming better behaved with Winslow there.

Winslow’s Fitness as a pet is exemplary.

Paul related the moral qualifications for deacons of the Church.

Character traits for deacons of the church are definitive/unequivocal.

?What character traits define the deacon’s fitness for office?

?How is the deacon’s fitness determined?

Characteristics by which an deacon’s fitness for office is decided.

The deacon’s fitness is decided by...Collaborative/Collective ...

We discovered previously that The deacon’s fitness is decided thru...

1. His REVERENCE(:8a)

2. His HONESTY(:8b)

3. His SOBRIETY(8c)

4—The deacon’s fitness is decided thru...

His FREEDOM From MATERIALISM(:8d)

Explanation:(:8d) Greed/Compulsions/Financial Idolatry/Worship

:8d—“Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,”

“Not Greedy for Money”—

...Is descriptive of a persons who makes no decisions for personal gain, particularly as it relates monetarily. No one can rightly serve God if his eye is always on his wealth.

If such is the case with a deacon &/or pastor, then he can be truly bribed, having his decisions swayed for the sake of gain rather than for the sake of Christ. Money indeed makes a good slave but a horrific master.

If a deacon &/or pastor is motivated by greed, certain would-be ‘power-brokers’ in the church will be enabled to ‘run the church’ rather than allowing God to motivate its operation. All such people give with strings attached so they can control their pet projects at church.

Such a scenario invites fleshly indulgence & isolations inherent to unsanctified personalities unsurrendered to the direction of the Holy Spirit.

“The deacon is to avoid the temptations of materialism.”..... & from ‘using his office for material benefit, even if no dishonesty or illegality is present.’—NAC

*The exact word(aiscrokerdhv) is employed in the same manner here & in :3. Lest we pass this off as inconsequential, in :3 the same word is paired with covetousness in order to reveal the truly ungodly & fleshly nature of such greed.

“Greedy for money/Greedy of filthy lucre/Fond of sordid gain”[See :3]—aiscrokerdhv— Adj.—Eager for base gain, greedy for money. ‘Filthy lucre.’ Strong—Sordid. Used 3X.

Argumentation/Illustration:

1Sam 2:12-17—“Now the sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the LORD. And the priests’ custom with the people was that when any man offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fleshhook in his hand while the meat was boiling. Then he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; & the priest would take for himself all that the fleshhook brought up. So they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there. Also, before they burned the fat, the priest’s servant would come & say to the man who sacrificed, “Give meat for roasting to the priest, for he will not take boiled meat from you, but raw.” And if the man said to him, “They should really burn the fat first; then you may take as much as your heart desires,” he would then answer him, “No, but you must give it now; & if not, I will take it by force.” Therefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD, for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.”


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