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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.