What exactly is the role of a deacon, and how does it differ from the role of an elder in the church? Alistair Begg clarifies the similarities and differences between these equally valued roles and describes the character requirements that are necessary for deacons and their wives. Serving the church well, with a good attitude, brings blessing to the servant and glory to God, regardless of the roles we fulfill.
8Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,3 not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11Their wives likewise must4 be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
14I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. 16Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
He5 was manifested in the flesh,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.
For many, the Church is merely a gathering of people participating in religious activities. But the Bible makes clear that what God desires is a relationship with His children. When individuals grasp the immensity of God’s grace and respond in faith, they are born again by His Spirit and are incorporated into the Household of Faith.
In this series, Alistair Begg explores the first five chapters of 1Timothy, noting how keen Paul was to ensure that Timothy fulfilled his duties with moral integrity and Biblical authority. Recognizing that godly leadership was vital for the progress of the Church, Paul warned Timothy of false teachers and provided instructions for the proper conduct of God’s people in God’s household. When Christians have a proper sense of God and refuse to compromise, our lives will reflect Him, our service will glorify Him, our worship will please Him, and generations to come will be grounded in His Truth.
|Counterfeit Christianity||1 Timothy 1:1-11|
|The Worst Sinner of Them All||1 Timothy 1:12-20|
|Public Prayer: Its Importance and Scope||1 Timothy 2:1-8|
|The Place and Posture of Christian Women, Part One||1 Timothy 2:9-15|
|The Place and Posture of Christian Women, Part Two||1 Timothy 2:9-15|
|Elders-Taking Care of God's Church||1 Timothy 3:1-7|
|Deacons and Their Wives||1 Timothy 3:8-16|
|The Mystery of Godliness||1 Timothy 3:14-16|
|The Approaching Apostasy||1 Timothy 4:1-5|
|Pastoral Priorities in Dealing with False Teaching||1 Timothy 4:6-16|
|Different Strokes for Different Folks||1 Timothy 5:1-16|
Since the early days of Christianity, false teachers have sought to water down the Gospel and use it for their own glory and financial gain. While money and wealth are not necessarily evil, they can become idols, distracting our focus from God, granting a false sense of security, and inclining us to the appeal of false teaching.
In Volume 2 of the Household of Faith series, Alistair Begg completes the study of 1 Timothy, addressing the various responsibilities and risks of church leadership. He notes that great care and wisdom must be exercised in the choosing of leaders because they can either establish a pattern of spiritual maturity in the congregation or contribute to the downfall of the church. Central to the preservation of the Church is the necessity to maintain the purity of the Gospel and pass it on to future generations. Christian maturity and contentment come as we trust God’s providence and provision, understanding that it is by God’s grace and enabling that we enter into the Household of Faith.
|Lessons in Leadership, Part One||1 Timothy 5:17-25|
|Lessons in Leadership, Part Two||1 Timothy 5:17-25|
|True Servants||1 Timothy 6:1-5|
|False Teachers||1 Timothy 6:3-5|
|Contentment or Corruption, Part One||1 Timothy 6:6-10|
|Contentment or Corruption, Part Two||1 Timothy 6:6-10|
|A Charge to a Man of God, Part One||1 Timothy 6:11-16|
|A Charge to a Man of God, Part Two||1 Timothy 6:11-16|
|The Good Confession||1 Timothy 6:11-13 John 18:28-40|
|Glory to God||1 Timothy 6:14-16|
|Money Talk||1 Timothy 6:17-19|
|Guarding the Gospel||1 Timothy 6:20-21|