1 Timothy 3:8-13 - True Biblical Servanthood (Deacons)

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1 Timothy 3:8-13 - True Biblical Servanthood (Deacons)


The word that we translate as deacon in English is the word diakonos in Greek. It means servant or the office of Deacon. There is a similar term in Latin for Deacon, but the word minister we get from the Lartin also would be related to the term Deacon in Greek. The term diakonos is used many times in the New Testament and has functions of bringing assistance, performing duties, or being a go-between. 


There are distinctions in the New Testament when the word diakonos means simply servant, or if it is speaking of the office of Deacon. Context is key in helping us understand the difference. 


Philippians 1:1 (ESV): 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, 

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: (Emphasis added.)


When the Apostle Paul writes to the church in Philippi, he deems it necessary to single out those serving as elders and deacons. Everyone in the church would be servants, so this is showing us the office of Deacon. If Paul believes it important to keep this as an office and name it, we should too. 


Let’s take a look at what is widely understood to be the beginning of the office of Deacon. These men in this passage are sometimes referred to as “proto-deacons”


Acts 6:1–7 (ESV): 6 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. 

7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. 


There are a few important things to note about deacons from this passage.

• Their task is spiritual but focuses on tangible needs.

• The unity of the church is being compromised in this passage and the deacons are to help. 

• They serve in such a way that they free up those who are teaching God’s Word to be able to focus on prayer and studying and teaching the Bible. 

• The congregation choses them.

• Here, they are told to choose men. 

• They should have a good reputation.

• They are to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. 

• The elders/apostles appoint them to the duty after the congregation chooses them. 

• The elders/apostles prayed and laid hands on them. 

• God used this to continue the ministry, and blessed them. 


1 Timothy 3:8–13 (ESV): 8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, 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 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. 






• Dignified has an idea of worthy of respect. They are an honorable person. 

• Not double-tongued has an idea of being sincere with what they say. Not two-faced. Not hypocritical. Not devious.

• Not addicted to much wine means he may drink but knows when to stop. Other truths about drinking would be true here, too, like legality and being a stumbling block.

• Not greedy for dishonest gain means they are honorable when it comes to money. Money and materials are not an idol in this man’s life. Deacons will likely be in situations involving money and people who could easily be taken advantage of. Many times business men are chosen as deacons. This could be OK, but many times ends up being a problem. 

• Holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience has an idea that they understand the Gospel and truly believe it. 


Verse 11

This verse is highly debated and adds great division on the topic of women deacons, sometimes known as deaconesses. The sentence in the ESV reads “Their wives likewise must…” The challenge is that in the Greek the sentence also reads “The women likewise must…” The word used here is sometimes translated as women and sometimes translated as wives. So, Paul is either explaining that a deacon’s wife must have these requirements, or he is explaining some particular aspects that women deacons would need to excel. These might be particularly challenging for them. A few points about this debate:

1. It is strange that Paul would talk about the male deacons and then insert information about female deacons and then return to male deacons again. 

2. However, it is also strange that a deacon’s wife would have requirements, but an elder’s wife would not. Some argue this is because all the practical and personal ministries that deacons do would include their wives to help them as they would be taking care of widows and such. 

3. Romans 16:1 is often brought into this discussion. Paul writes, “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant [deaconess?] of the church at Cenchreae, 2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well” (emphasis added.) The NIV and NLT translations use the term deacon here and all the translations will put a footnote stating that it could be translated as deacon or deaconess. 

4. If a church understands deacons to have any kind of authoritative role, then women should not serve as deacons.

5. If there is possible confusion in the church about the role of deacons, then a church should probably stay away from having women deacons.

6. Some have argued that women should not serve as deacons because, in recent word studies, it seems that there were tasks given to deacons that included some forms of authority. See Alexander Strauch’s work for more insight. 


Either Wives of Deacons or Deaconesses Must Be:

• Dignified, which means worthy of respect and honorable.

• Not be slanders, which is spreading lies and tearing down others. 

• Faithful in all things is a way of saying that a deacon’s wife (or deaconesses) should not be solid in only some areas of life, but in every aspect of their lives they are solid and faithful. This would include home, business, relationships, etc. 

• Sober-minded has an idea of thinking clearly and rightly about things. Do their wives (or the deaconesses) see the world rightly and approach situations logically? 


Men Continued

• One-woman man can be understood in a number of ways:

    ◦ Never been divorced.

    ◦ Does not have multiple wives.

    ◦ Does not commit adultery.

    ◦ Is defined as a one-woman man.

    ◦ Was the man a believer when divorced?

    ◦ Was his divorce on biblical grounds? Was it his fault? 

    ◦ Is he remarried? 

    ◦ Has his current wife been divorced? 

    ◦ Was her divorce biblical? 

    ◦ How long have they been married? 

    ◦ Does this mean single men cannot be an elder?

• Manage his own household well means that his life is in order. You cannot serve God and others in ministry like this if your own life is in shambles. You need to focus on your home first. 

• They must be tested first. Again, this is such an important position that deals intimately with the people of the church and being stewards of the church’s resources. These men must prove over time that they are trustworthy. Time is the one thing that will reveal people’s true colors.


Paul ends this section by saying that those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing. This means they are viewed in an honorable way. It is a good thing to serve Jesus’s bride in this way. Thus, it gives a good assurance of faith in Christ, if you remain faithful in these things. This does not save the deacon, but shows that there is genuine love for God because of his love for God’s church (other Christians). 


1 John 4:7–21 (ESV): 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.  


Teaching

The Apostle Paul does not list that a deacon must be able to teach. Clearly, from the Book of Acts, we see that they are capable of teaching and some should do so, but that is not a requirement of the office. 


How many deacons should there be in a church? 


Churches should not have deacons who aren’t qualified. We do not have deacons just because we need deacons. God will raise men up to serve in this way. They must be qualified biblically. That being said, if there are more qualified men than one, it is best to have a plurality of deacons to meet the all the tangible needs of the church members and the property of the church. More people means more needs. This is sometimes known as the “diaconate” or “board of deacons.” 


What about when an deacon is wrong? 

Deacons are human. That means that there are times that they sin. They, like all Christians, should live a life of repentance. When someone believes there is sin in an deacon’s life, they should first follow Galatians 6 and Matthew 18.


Galatians 6:1 (ESV): 6 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 


Matthew 18:15–20 (ESV): 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” 


If a church member is unclear about whether or not a deacon did something wrong or feels intimidated in speaking to a deacon, the church member could go to an elder to help them in handling the situation. 


When does an deacon stop serving? 

• Death

• Disqualified

• Move away

• Unwise for them to serve due to sickness or life circumstances

• Possibly rest as part of a rotation


Final Thoughts and Application


1. Believe that deacons are God’s good gift to churches. They should be biblically qualified and there should be a plurality, if there are qualified men. 

2. We should all watch deacons, strive to be like them, and follow them as they follow Christ. Paul says in Philippians 3:17, “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” 

3. Men, strive to grow in these areas and look to serve as a deacon. 

4. If your church does not have biblical deacons, consider sharing these truths with your current pastor and leadership, and try to help the church be more biblical.

5. Know the requirements listed in Scripture, and make sure that your current deacons continue to meet these requirements. If not, handle it biblically. 

6. Know the requirements, and let the elders of the church know if you think other men fit these qualifications. 

7. Call the deacons when you have tangible needs that they can help with. 

8. Pray for the deacons and their families for wisdom and protection from the evil one and tiredness. 

9. Thank the Lord for them and thank them for loving and serving you. 

10. Serve like Jesus.


Matthew 20:20–28 (ESV): 20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22 Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 23 He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 24 And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 












Acknowledgements 

This sermon and the entire sermon series were influenced and impacted by the following commentaries, Bibles, books, teachings and sermons. I am so very grateful for the insight and ministries of those involved with each. Likewise, I am thankful for the insights and input from those who attend the sermon preparation time at FBCCK. 


Commentaries/Books/Teachings

NIV Compact Bible Commentary - John Sailhammer

The Message of the New Testament - 1 Timothy - Mark Dever

The Letters to Timothy and Titus - The Pillar New Testament Commentary - Robert Yarbrough 

The Pastoral Epistles - Tyndale New Testament Commentary - Donald Guthrie

1&2 Timothy and Titus - Preaching the Word Commentary - Bryan Chapell and R. Kent Hughes

1 Timothy - Reformed Expository Commentary - Philip Ryken 

Does God Desire All to Be Saved - John Piper - Podcast

The Different Wills of God - R.C. Sproul Articles on Ligioner 

Deacons - Matt Smethurst

Paul’s Vision for Deacons - Alexander Strauch



Study Bibles

ESV Study Bible

HCSB Study Bible 

John McArthur Study Bible


Topics for the Prayer Time

*Those who have yet to believe in Jesus

*The unreached peoples of the earth

*Missionaries around the world and for more to go0

*The spiritual growth of other believers and churches

*That you would have more spiritual gifts

*That Christians would remain faithful under persecution

*Those who are sick

*Those who have lost loved ones

*Those traveling

*Our nation, leaders, military, and civil servants

*Pray for the health and salvation of the unborn babies in our church

*Pray against the evils of abortion and human trafficking

*Pray for the University of Florida international students 

*Pray God would bless our efforts to in evangelism and discipleship

*Pray God would bless our community

*Pray God would bless the churches of those visiting us  















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1 Timothy 3:8-13 - True Biblical Servanthood (Deacons)


The word that we translate as deacon in English is the word diakonos in Greek. It means servant or the office of Deacon. There is a similar term in Latin for Deacon, but the word minister we get from the Lartin also would be related to the term Deacon in Greek. The term diakonos is used many times in the New Testament and has functions of bringing assistance, performing duties, or being a go-between. 


There are distinctions in the New Testament when the word diakonos means simply servant, or if it is speaking of the office of Deacon. Context is key in helping us understand the difference. 


Philippians 1:1 (ESV): 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, 

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: (Emphasis added.)


When the Apostle Paul writes to the church in Philippi, he deems it necessary to single out those serving as elders and deacons. Everyone in the church would be servants, so this is showing us the office of Deacon. If Paul believes it important to keep this as an office and name it, we should too. 


Let’s take a look at what is widely understood to be the beginning of the office of Deacon. These men in this passage are sometimes referred to as “proto-deacons”


Acts 6:1–7 (ESV): 6 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. 

7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. 


There are a few important things to note about deacons from this passage.

• Their task is spiritual but focuses on tangible needs.

• The unity of the church is being compromised in this passage and the deacons are to help. 

• They serve in such a way that they free up those who are teaching God’s Word to be able to focus on prayer and studying and teaching the Bible. 

• The congregation choses them.

• Here, they are told to choose men. 

• They should have a good reputation.

• They are to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. 

• The elders/apostles appoint them to the duty after the congregation chooses them. 

• The elders/apostles prayed and laid hands on them. 

• God used this to continue the ministry, and blessed them. 


1 Timothy 3:8–13 (ESV): 8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, 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 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. 






• Dignified has an idea of worthy of respect. They are an honorable person. 

• Not double-tongued has an idea of being sincere with what they say. Not two-faced. Not hypocritical. Not devious.

• Not addicted to much wine means he may drink but knows when to stop. Other truths about drinking would be true here, too, like legality and being a stumbling block.

• Not greedy for dishonest gain means they are honorable when it comes to money. Money and materials are not an idol in this man’s life. Deacons will likely be in situations involving money and people who could easily be taken advantage of. Many times business men are chosen as deacons. This could be OK, but many times ends up being a problem. 

• Holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience has an idea that they understand the Gospel and truly believe it. 


Verse 11

This verse is highly debated and adds great division on the topic of women deacons, sometimes known as deaconesses. The sentence in the ESV reads “Their wives likewise must…” The challenge is that in the Greek the sentence also reads “The women likewise must…” The word used here is sometimes translated as women and sometimes translated as wives. So, Paul is either explaining that a deacon’s wife must have these requirements, or he is explaining some particular aspects that women deacons would need to excel. These might be particularly challenging for them. A few points about this debate:

1. It is strange that Paul would talk about the male deacons and then insert information about female deacons and then return to male deacons again. 

2. However, it is also strange that a deacon’s wife would have requirements, but an elder’s wife would not. Some argue this is because all the practical and personal ministries that deacons do would include their wives to help them as they would be taking care of widows and such. 

3. Romans 16:1 is often brought into this discussion. Paul writes, “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant [deaconess?] of the church at Cenchreae, 2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well” (emphasis added.) The NIV and NLT translations use the term deacon here and all the translations will put a footnote stating that it could be translated as deacon or deaconess. 

4. If a church understands deacons to have any kind of authoritative role, then women should not serve as deacons.

5. If there is possible confusion in the church about the role of deacons, then a church should probably stay away from having women deacons.

6. Some have argued that women should not serve as deacons because, in recent word studies, it seems that there were tasks given to deacons that included some forms of authority. See Alexander Strauch’s work for more insight. 


Either Wives of Deacons or Deaconesses Must Be:

• Dignified, which means worthy of respect and honorable.

• Not be slanders, which is spreading lies and tearing down others. 

• Faithful in all things is a way of saying that a deacon’s wife (or deaconesses) should not be solid in only some areas of life, but in every aspect of their lives they are solid and faithful. This would include home, business, relationships, etc. 

• Sober-minded has an idea of thinking clearly and rightly about things. Do their wives (or the deaconesses) see the world rightly and approach situations logically? 


Men Continued

• One-woman man can be understood in a number of ways:

    ◦ Never been divorced.

    ◦ Does not have multiple wives.

    ◦ Does not commit adultery.

    ◦ Is defined as a one-woman man.

    ◦ Was the man a believer when divorced?

    ◦ Was his divorce on biblical grounds? Was it his fault? 

    ◦ Is he remarried? 

    ◦ Has his current wife been divorced? 

    ◦ Was her divorce biblical? 

    ◦ How long have they been married? 

    ◦ Does this mean single men cannot be an elder?

• Manage his own household well means that his life is in order. You cannot serve God and others in ministry like this if your own life is in shambles. You need to focus on your home first. 

• They must be tested first. Again, this is such an important position that deals intimately with the people of the church and being stewards of the church’s resources. These men must prove over time that they are trustworthy. Time is the one thing that will reveal people’s true colors.


Paul ends this section by saying that those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing. This means they are viewed in an honorable way. It is a good thing to serve Jesus’s bride in this way. Thus, it gives a good assurance of faith in Christ, if you remain faithful in these things. This does not save the deacon, but shows that there is genuine love for God because of his love for God’s church (other Christians). 


1 John 4:7–21 (ESV): 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.  


Teaching

The Apostle Paul does not list that a deacon must be able to teach. Clearly, from the Book of Acts, we see that they are capable of teaching and some should do so, but that is not a requirement of the office. 


How many deacons should there be in a church? 


Churches should not have deacons who aren’t qualified. We do not have deacons just because we need deacons. God will raise men up to serve in this way. They must be qualified biblically. That being said, if there are more qualified men than one, it is best to have a plurality of deacons to meet the all the tangible needs of the church members and the property of the church. More people means more needs. This is sometimes known as the “diaconate” or “board of deacons.” 


What about when an deacon is wrong? 

Deacons are human. That means that there are times that they sin. They, like all Christians, should live a life of repentance. When someone believes there is sin in an deacon’s life, they should first follow Galatians 6 and Matthew 18.


Galatians 6:1 (ESV): 6 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 


Matthew 18:15–20 (ESV): 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” 


If a church member is unclear about whether or not a deacon did something wrong or feels intimidated in speaking to a deacon, the church member could go to an elder to help them in handling the situation. 


When does an deacon stop serving? 

• Death

• Disqualified

• Move away

• Unwise for them to serve due to sickness or life circumstances

• Possibly rest as part of a rotation


Final Thoughts and Application


1. Believe that deacons are God’s good gift to churches. They should be biblically qualified and there should be a plurality, if there are qualified men. 

2. We should all watch deacons, strive to be like them, and follow them as they follow Christ. Paul says in Philippians 3:17, “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” 

3. Men, strive to grow in these areas and look to serve as a deacon. 

4. If your church does not have biblical deacons, consider sharing these truths with your current pastor and leadership, and try to help the church be more biblical.

5. Know the requirements listed in Scripture, and make sure that your current deacons continue to meet these requirements. If not, handle it biblically. 

6. Know the requirements, and let the elders of the church know if you think other men fit these qualifications. 

7. Call the deacons when you have tangible needs that they can help with. 

8. Pray for the deacons and their families for wisdom and protection from the evil one and tiredness. 

9. Thank the Lord for them and thank them for loving and serving you. 

10. Serve like Jesus.


Matthew 20:20–28 (ESV): 20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22 Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 23 He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 24 And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 












Acknowledgements 

This sermon and the entire sermon series were influenced and impacted by the following commentaries, Bibles, books, teachings and sermons. I am so very grateful for the insight and ministries of those involved with each. Likewise, I am thankful for the insights and input from those who attend the sermon preparation time at FBCCK. 


Commentaries/Books/Teachings

NIV Compact Bible Commentary - John Sailhammer

The Message of the New Testament - 1 Timothy - Mark Dever

The Letters to Timothy and Titus - The Pillar New Testament Commentary - Robert Yarbrough 

The Pastoral Epistles - Tyndale New Testament Commentary - Donald Guthrie

1&2 Timothy and Titus - Preaching the Word Commentary - Bryan Chapell and R. Kent Hughes

1 Timothy - Reformed Expository Commentary - Philip Ryken 

Does God Desire All to Be Saved - John Piper - Podcast

The Different Wills of God - R.C. Sproul Articles on Ligioner 

Deacons - Matt Smethurst

Paul’s Vision for Deacons - Alexander Strauch



Study Bibles

ESV Study Bible

HCSB Study Bible 

John McArthur Study Bible


Topics for the Prayer Time

*Those who have yet to believe in Jesus

*The unreached peoples of the earth

*Missionaries around the world and for more to go0

*The spiritual growth of other believers and churches

*That you would have more spiritual gifts

*That Christians would remain faithful under persecution

*Those who are sick

*Those who have lost loved ones

*Those traveling

*Our nation, leaders, military, and civil servants

*Pray for the health and salvation of the unborn babies in our church

*Pray against the evils of abortion and human trafficking

*Pray for the University of Florida international students 

*Pray God would bless our efforts to in evangelism and discipleship

*Pray God would bless our community

*Pray God would bless the churches of those visiting us  















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