Rev. Tim Eden, pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church in Bryan, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 1 Timothy 3:8-16.
Qualifications for deacons follow immediately after qualifications for overseers. Though the two lists share many similarities, deacons are not required to have the ability to teach. This may indicate that these two are separate offices in the church. Nonetheless, deacons play a vital role in Christian congregations in their service. They hold to the Christian faith with confidence and build up the household of God in which they serve. This household of God is His Church, built on the true confession of Christ crucified and risen. This central truth shapes the Church to be a pillar and buttress of the entire truth God speaks in His Word. In His Word, God reveals the mystery of who He is through His Son Jesus Christ, who was born, crucified, raised, and ascended for sinners. The Church proclaims this truth among the nations so that sinners will be brought to saving faith in Him.
“The Word is Trustworthy” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the three pastoral epistles: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These three letters are named after their recipients, two young pastors in the Christian Church. St. Paul gives instruction to these two men concerning the doctrine and life of the congregations where they are given to serve. In these epistles, the Apostle teaches both pastors and congregations of all times and places that the sound doctrine from God’s Word is faithful to save sinners in Christ Jesus.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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1 Timothy 3:8-16
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[b] 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.
The Mystery of Godliness
14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if 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. 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
He[c] was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated[d] by the Spirit,[e]
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.
- 1 Timothy 3:8 Or devious in speech
- 1 Timothy 3:11 Or Wives likewise, or Women likewise
- 1 Timothy 3:16 Greek Who; some manuscripts God; others Which
- 1 Timothy 3:16 Or justified
- 1 Timothy 3:16 Or vindicated in spirit
English Standard Version (ESV)
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