Who Gets to Lead (part 3)?
1 Timothy 3:8-13
English Standard Version (ESV)
Qualifications for Deacons
8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,[a] not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must[b] be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
I. Men Who Serve as Deacons
A. What is the Difference Between Elders and Deacons?
B. What is the Definition of a Deacon?
C. What Criteria Determines who Should be a Deacon?
1. Serious about Their Character
2. Sincere about Their Commitments
3. Sober in Their Lifestyle
4. Sensible in Their Stewardship
5. Spiritually Orthodox in Their Faith
6. Selective in Their Calling
7. Settled in Their Home
D. What Does a Deacon Gain by Serving?
1. The Respect of the Church
2. The Approval of Their Savior
II. Women who are "Servant Leaders"
A. These Women Are Not Necessarily Wives of Deacons
B. These Women Do Not Exercise Authority
C. These Women Disciple Younger Women (and Children)