Honor God In Your Service       1 Tim. 3:8-13; 4:6-16 (HCSB)       March 17, 2013

 

Introduction

       Deacons need to be men with a quality lifestyle so that they can set an example for the rest of church. As a young man I wanted to be a deacon someday because of the lifestyle I noticed in our deacons. Too many times some want the name, “deacon” for the honor and recognition. The name “deacon” means servant. No one should be set up for ordination unless they are qualified and the questioning needs to be thorough. The office of deacon can bring glory to God and the church

 

 

1.   Honor God in Your Service Through Your . . Behavior. . 3:8-13

       A.   Behavior Having . . Blameless Character. 3:8-10

8 Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy

       for money, 9 holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

       10 And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons.

 

       B.   Behavior Having . . Boldness in Character. 3:11-13

11 Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything.

       12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently.

       13 For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness

       in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.


       How can anyone have blameless character? I think this means when one thinks of this person good quality thoughts come to mind not some character flaw or unchristian conduct. Some deacons get the title because of their wifes action and leadership. The wife should likewise be a good example but her husband should be the leader and have blameless character. The deacon should likewise be bold in his witness and stand for Christ. The first deacons gave a great example of boldness for the cause of Christ. Steven and Philip are very prominent examples.


 

2.   Honor God in Your Service Through Your . . Beneficial Godliness. 4:6-10

       A.   Beneficial Godliness Guided Through Good . .Teaching. 4:6-8

      6 If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the

       words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 But have nothing to do with

       irreverent and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness, 8 for, the training of the body has a limited

       benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the

       life to come.

 

       B.   Beneficial Godliness Demonstrating . .Trustworthiness. 4:9-10

9 This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance. 10 In fact, we labor and strive for this, because

       we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe.


       Do you want your life to be beneficial for the cause of Christ and His church? We need to follow good teaching and as we teach make sure others benefit from it. The Holy Spirit will direct you to good teaching and empower you to teach through your lifestyle and stand for the things of God. I like the song, “may all who come behind me find me faithful.” That song should be able to be sung about all Christians but especial deacons and leaders. I like the character of people to be consistently trustworthy. I like a “what you see is what you get kind of person.” In the tenth verse it says, “labor and strive for this,” Paul certainly did that.


 

 

3.   Honor God in Your Service Through Your . . Beliefs. . 4:11-16

       A.   Beliefs Demonstrated In Our . . Conduct. 4:11-13

11 Command and teach these things.

       12 No one should despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in

       conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

       13 Until I come, give your attention to public reading, exhortation, and teaching.

 

       B.   Beliefs Demonstrated In Our . . Commitment. 4:14-16

14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you; it was given to you through prophecy, with the laying on of hands

       by the council of elders. 

       15 Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all.

       16 Be conscientious about yourself and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will

       save both yourself and your hearers. HCSB


       Does what you believe make a difference? YES! It certainly does. It is a shame that some do not think

doctrine and beliefs matter. If they live long enough they will wake up to the fact they do matter and they will see the weakness a lack of emphasis cause in the church and denomination. Beliefs affect our conduct and discipleship. Tolerance can get to the place it tolerates anything, and sin and sinful lifestyles will keep trying to eliminate beliefs and doctrines. Today the supreme court has cases before it that 50 years ago would not even be considered. Our commitment to Christ ought to be demonstrated in our daily lives. Paul told Timothy he could save himself and those who spoke to by what he believed and taught. The same is true for you. This lesson tells us to, Honor God In Your Service. Amen? Amen!