Monday, October 27, 2008

Judging Joe

After hearing the testimony of our candidate for office of deacon:

3 Areas to Measure (Character, Competence, Calling)

I. Character. In this case, "godly" character.
1 Tim. 3:8-12 Is this a check list? OR, a description of character? Meaning the type of man this person is.

This is Important because: a deacon leads, serves, AND represents our church, the faith, and the Lord.

On one hand, we can't expect perfection - Rom. 3:23
, there should be high expectations as this is a Biblical office.

II. Competence. Needs to have ability to perform the tasks and fulfill the charge.
Should be looking for a man already competent and serving.
But also want someone who is willing to serve.
A. Someone who recognizes his incompetence to represent Christ or do His work.
and, therefore, B. continues to develop his competence.

III. Calling This is an internal certainty that God has called him to serve.
Question: Should a deacon experience a call?
Answer: Yes & No
On one hand, some experience the call to deaconship.
But, on the other hand, all Christians are called to serve (according to need, opportunity, gift package, etc.)

Eph. 2:10 John 13:14-15 Matt. 28:19-20
Therefore: we need: A. recognition of a call
B. response to that call

For deacons, add IV. Church Approval

What God Expects of deacons He also expects of YOU. There is no double standard.
Specifics may vary, but principles do not!!


#1. Accept Christ
A. As Savior
B. As Lord

#2. Pursue Godly Character
1 Cor. 6:9-11 2 Pet. 1:5-7 Eph. 4:1 (hinge verse0

#3. Answer His calling (to ministry)
Eph. 2:10 Eph. 4:11-12
We're to be "salt and light" and "Make a Difference"

#4. Develop your Competence
Principle of.... 2 Tim. 2:15

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