The Behavior God Blesses (1 Of 3) by Ernest Easley

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THE BEHAVIOR GOD BLESSES (1 of 3)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Timothy 3:8-13
January 2, 2000

Now join me for a few minutes tonight in the New
Testament book of 1st Timothy! I want to show you from
1 Timothy chapter 3 the kind of behavior God blesses
within the church! That's what Paul's talking about in
this 3rd chapter.

Paul says in 1 Timothy 3.15-16, "but if I am delayed,
I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct
yourself in the house of God, which is the church of
the living God, the pillar and ground of truth. And
without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness."

And one way God designed His church to be "without
controversy" was to establish the office of deacon!
God's plan and purpose for the Deacon is to squelch
controversy ... not to start nor spread controversy!

In fact ... those first deacons were appointed to
solve
a church problem! They were peacemakers! And here in 1
Timothy 3, Paul refers to their behavior.

Now in the first 7 verses, Paul refers to the behavior
of the Pastor! When the behavior of the pastor
matches his belief, God not only blesses his life, He
bless the church through that pastor.

Here is the kind of behavior God blesses from the
Pastor. Not only is his life blessed, but the church
is blessed.

Then beginning in verse 8, we find the behavior God
seeks from the Deacon. Now some churches have a "board
of deacons." I heard about one church that at the end
of the service, it was announced that there would be a
brief meeting after church of the board. Everybody
showed up for the meeting! They thought he meant
"bored" not "board."

A deacon board! In that setting, the deacons rule the
roost rather than serve the saints. In that setting,
the deacons are bent toward control rather than
compassion.

No where in the Bible do you find that Deacons were
intended to rule the business and spiritual affairs of
the church. But what you do rea ...


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