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Elders

Lessons for leaders (part 2)

In my previous blog I dealt with Elders in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.  Elders are suitably qualified men who serve the people of God primarily by teaching the word of God.  Now we look at deacons (v8-12).

Servants

In v8 we come to a new category of people, called deacons.  Greek word is diakonos, which simply means servant.  In the Christian life servanthood and spiritual service are very important.  We should all be serving in some way, we should all be servants.  The church does not only need pastors, overseers and elders, it also needs administrators, organizers and workers to implement what’s being taught from the Word of God.  These people are known as deacons in the official sense.    It’s not that they can’t teach, but that is not their primary function. 

Lessons for Leaders

We love democracy.  In fact, certain countries have invaded other countries to establish democracy.  The Arab spring has as its goal democracy.  No doubt democracy is a good thing, probably the best form of government in a fallen world.  But we must remember that the church is not a democracy.

We can’t just do what we want to do or do what the majority of people think is the right thing to do.  God had laid down in his word clear principles as to how the church should function.  1 Timothy 3:14-15 says,   “Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,  if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God.”

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Church

Why women should not be pastors (The gender agenda)

Why don’t we have any women pastors in our denomination? Why do men lead our Sunday church services?  Does Christianity squash women?  What place do women have in ministry?  The apostle Paul answers most of these questions in 1 Timothy 2:8-15, one of the most controversial passages in the Bible.  The whole letter is all about how Christians should conduct themselves in the church (3:15).  When reading this passage (as with the entire Bible) we must be careful to distinguish what is cultural (changeable) and what is a general or eternal principle (unchangeable).

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Righteous living

Christianity vs. Islam in Isaiah

You may be excused for thinking that Isaiah 56:1 sounds a bit Islamic. God tells his people, “Maintain justice and do righteousness”.  

Islam teaches that a Muslim earns Allah’s favour by doing good deeds and keeping the five pillars of Islam – testimony, prayer, alms-giving, fasting, and taking a pilgrimage to Mecca.  You do righteousness in order to hopefully be righteous.   Is this what Isaiah is teaching?