by Marvin D. Patterson

The Calling of the Deacon
Marvin Patterson
Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:8-13


A little boy just got saved and sat on a bench next to old man who looked upset. The little boy said to the man, "Sir, do you need to get saved?"

The man startled said abruptly, "I'll tell you I've been a Deacon in this church for over 30 years and Chairman of Deacons for 15 years."

The little boy responded, "Sir , it don't matter what you done, Jesus loves you and He'll still save you!"

We come tonight to a very important and significant part of the life of the church. And that is the ministry of a deacon. We thank God for the office of deacons, and they have been a source of blessing to me down through the years. We will look into the Word of God and see how why the organization of deacons were started, and then we will proceed to see the qualifications for those who hold the office of deacon.


1- The Need for the Deacons

6 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

6:1 The Hellenists were those of Jewish descent who grew up outside the land of Israel. They spoke Greek, were raised in Hellenistic culture, and used the Greek translation of the Hebrew OT, the Septuagint (2:5). The Hebrews were Palestinian Jews who spoke Aramaic and used the Hebrew OT. There may have been an animosity between the groups, even among the new believers, which gave rise to distrust and tension over the care of the widows who were neglected. In Jewish law, a woman did not receive an inheritance. She was dependent on her husband or another relative.

In the early church at Jerusalem, there was a great need to take care of many widows. The church had grown so rapidly that some estimate the number of the church to be over 20,000 men and women at this point of their development. We notice that the number of disciples ...

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