by Ernest Easley

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1 Timothy 3.1-7
January 16, 2000
Dr. Ernest L. Easley

Now join me again tonight in the book of 1st Timothy.
Once there, turn to chapter 3. Last Sunday night from
1 Timothy 3, we found the kind of behavior God blesses
within the church.

Verse 8, "Likewise deacons must be reverent, not
double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for
money," And how good it was to affirm our deacons at
the end of our worship service last Sunday night!
One of our men, Bob Colin, thanked me afterwards. He
said, "Pastor, that's the most hugs I've had in my
fifty years as a member of this church."

And how I thank God for deacons like Bob Colin. I'm
the only Pastor in this city with Colin Trouble!

Well, we saw last Sunday night that one way God
designed His church to be without controversy was to
establish the office of deacon! For Paul say 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."
That's why God established the office of deacon! Not
to start controversy! Not to spread controversy! But
to squelch controversy!!

So we find in the New Testament that God established
the office of deacon. But we're going to find
beginning in verse 1, that God designed a second
office: the office of Bishop!

Now that raises the question: does First Baptist
Church have a bishop? If not, why not? And if so,
who is it? Well, let's see if we can find an answer
to the why and the who!

Let's begin reading in 1 Timothy 3.1 as we continue
thinking about,

The Behavior God Blesses

1 Timothy 3.1-7

Now just as God blesses the deacon whose behavior
matches verses 8-13 and in turn blesses the church,
the same is true for the Bishop! When the behavior of
the Bishop li ...

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