Timothy #3- The Official Commission (conclusion) Elders, Deacons, & Apostasy 1Timothy 3 - 4

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  • Timothy #3-The Official Commission (conclusion)Elders, Deacons, & Apostasy1Timothy 3 - 4

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyLast week we covered chps.1-2:>Introduction to the Preacher Epistles>The Specific Function of Timothys Commission regarding Prayer and Womens RolesToday, well examine:>Elders, Deacons, & Apostasy>Personal Admonitions to Timothy: Conduct, Group Relations w/ Groups

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyA few quick points to consider:>These are qualifications, not disqualifications- designed to select qualified men lead, not disqualify.>Thus, each should be viewed toward therole and responsibility of the job, notan arbitrary means to exclude.>Overseers, Bishops, Shepherds, & Elders all refer to same role, cf. Acts 20:17,28 more on names.I. Overseers, 3:1-7(& Titus 1:5-9)

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyMore on Names:>Presbyter or Elder are both derivative of the Grk. presbuteros which means one advanced in life, an elder cf. 4:14>Bishop or Overseer is from the Grk. episkopos- epi over, and skopeo to look, 1Pet.5:2>Shepherd or Pastor is from poimen which is one who tends a flock.I. Overseers, 3:1-7(& Titus 1:5-9)

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyTheir Qualifications:>Aspires/Desires the office, v.1W/o this one, the rest dont matter.>Above Reproach / Blameless, v.2anothing remaining accountable>Husband of One Wife, v.2b, Titus 1:6not a bigamist or polygamist,widowed, or widowed and remarriedis still husband of one wifeI. Overseers, 3:1-7(& Titus 1:5-9)

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyTheir Qualifications: (cont.)>Temperate / Vigilant, v.2c circumspectness- one aware ofsurroundings and proceeds withcaution & consideration>Prudent / Sober, v.2done in control of his facultiesphysically, emotionally, & mentally-not wishy-washy or flighty of thought,cf. Eph.4:14I. Overseers, 3:1-7(& Titus 1:5-9)

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyTheir Qualifications: (cont.)>Respectable / Good Behavior, v.2eorderly, polite, and having integrityrather than tactless, rough, and rude.>Hospitable, v.2f; Titus 1:8philoxenos- fond of guests,cf.Heb.13:2; not a hermit or recluse>Able / Apt to Teach, v.2g; Titus 1:9prepared, capable, instructive,2Tim.2:24-26I. Overseers, 3:1-7(& Titus 1:5-9)

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyTheir Qualifications: (cont.)>Not Addicted to Wine, v.3ajust what it says- it means>Not Pugnacious, v.3bnot belligerent or combative>Gentle / Patient, v.3cthe necessity of seen in 2Tim.2:24ffand 1Thess.2:7>Uncontentious, v.3d (like the previous)I. Overseers, 3:1-7(& Titus 1:5-9)

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyTheir Qualifications: (cont.)>Free from the Love of Money, v.3eimportant because of 5:17ff & 6:5ff>Good House Manager, vv.5-6; Titus 1:6faithful in little > faithful in muchNote: control with dignity!>Not a New Convert, v.6Elders now taught, not bestowed, Acts14:23 & Acts 8:18-19I. Overseers, 3:1-7(& Titus 1:5-9)

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyTheir Qualifications: (cont.)>Of Good Reputation Outside, v.7lest he bring reproach upon thechurch and make it more difficult for itto do its work of evangelism, Phil.2:15.

    All of these are specific to the Elders preparation for his duties, to the carrying out and on of the Lords work through the Church.I. Overseers, 3:1-7(& Titus 1:5-9)

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyTheir Name: >is indicative of service.Grk. diakonos refers to a servant.Acts 6:1-6 as an example.Phil.1:1 contains the only other use of the term outside of 1Tim.3 in the N.T.II. Deacons, 3:8-13

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyTheir Qualifications are much like the Elders:>men of dignity, v.8a > v.4b+not double-tongued, v.8b insincere, two-faced, saying two different things to different people>not addicted to much wine, v.8c > v.3These are not standards from eachother Christians are released- just the best of the best, cf.1Pet.4:3.II. Deacons, 3:8-13> like for the Elders+ a new or different qualification

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyTheir Qualifications are much like the Elders:>or fond of sordid gain, v.8d > v.3+holding to the mystery of faith with a clearconscience, v.9cf. 1:5 and 1:19+let these also be tested, v.10as in v.6 not a new convert cf. 5:22if they are beyond reproach cf.v.2II. Deacons, 3:8-13

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyTheir Qualifications are much like the Elders:+Women, v.11marginal readings suggest either deacons wives / deaconesses.Wives make more sense given 2:11-12 and if deaconesses, then the only qualifications would be v.11- less than the deacons???No mention of deaconesses in Phil.1:1.II. Deacons, 3:8-13So, Wives must be:>dignified, v.11a>not gossips, v.11b>temperate, v.11c>faithful in all, v.11d

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyTheir Qualifications are much like the Elders:>husbands of one wife, v.12a > v.2>good managers of home, v.12b > v.4

    The rewards of such service?For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. v.13II. Deacons, 3:8-13

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyGive the reasons for these household of God instructions:>v.14-15a Paul planned to come to Ephesus, but in case I am delayed>v.15 he wanted Timothy to know and to relay how one ought to conduct himselfin the church of the living God, the pillar and support of truth.>v.16 Obviously, Jesus is the cornerstoneof such a structure.The Parenthetical Explanation vv.14-15

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyThis section is the last of the Official Commission portion of the letter- the rest will be more of personal instruction for Timothy beginning with v.6ff. III. The Apostasy, 4:1-5

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyThe reason for the warning?>explicit revelation by the Spirit, v.1The time of the Apostasy?>in the latter times, v.1 > 2Tim.3:1by the characteristics that follow, were here. III. The Apostasy, 4:1-5

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyThe What->men will fall away from the faith, v.1aThe Why->paying attention to deceitful spirits, v.1bas John also described, 1John 4:1-6>and doctrines of demons, v.1cas James mentioned, Jas.3:13-15see also 2Cor.11:13-15 III. The Apostasy, 4:1-5

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyThe How->hypocrisy of liars, v.2a>whose conscience has been seared, v.2bThe Resulting Teaching->forbidding of marriage, v.3a>advocation of abstaining from foods, v.3bSound familiar?The Solution->Truth, v.3b and Prayerful Thanks, vv.4-5 III. The Apostasy, 4:1-5

  • Timothy #3- Official Commission: Elders, Deacons, & ApostasyOur Elders and Deacons ought to be the best of the best.the church of the living God deserves no less.Apostasy had its seeds of origin even as Paul wrote to Timothy,it certainly has not withered on the vine and died since! The solution is still the same, 4:3b. Conclusions?