Six Purposes for the Lord's Table

Why do we observe the Lord's Table? How many reasons can you give? Here are six biblical purposes for this important church practice. 1. To obey Jesus (1 Cor. 11:24) Jesus is Savior, and Jesus is Lord and Master also. He says to do this often,…

The Trinity in Matthew's Gospel

Can you show someone the Trinity from the Bible in a simple and straightforward way? Matthew's Gospel, the first book you encounter in the New Testament, features two of my favorite references for doing so. Interestingly enough, both involve…

Giving Priority to Your Spiritual Family

When you choose to follow Jesus, you may find yourself in the middle of a difficult family situation. Unbelieving relatives, especially immediate family members, may place intense pressure on you to withdraw from your faith entirely or to diminish…

The Process of Appointing Deacons

Apart from the character qualifications we’ve already considered, the only place in Scripture that provides insight into appointing new deacons is Acts 6:1-6. Since no subsequent teaching in Acts or the NT epistles alters or annuls this example,…

Deacons as Ministers of Benevolent Care

The need for deacons initially arose to ensure that widows received proper care in the church at Jerusalem (Acts 6:1). This benevolent activity for those in need is at the heart of Christian duty and devotion (Jam 1:27). For a church to do this…

Deacon Qualifications from 1 Timothy

As churches multiplied, the need for a more specific list of deacon qualifications developed. So, in a letter to Timothy that provided instructions for proper church protocol, Paul provided such a list (1 Tim 3:8-13). This list continues to…

Deacon Qualifications from Acts

A Good Reputation (Acts 6:3) Potential deacons must have a good reputation among the congregation and in the community at large. Imagine that you are considering a man in your church to be appointed as a deacon. Before you approach him, you…

Deacons and Evangelism

Churches easily misconstrue the role of deacons, elevating them to a place of prestige, power, and political clout. Scripture, however, paints the opposite picture. Contrary to prevailing opinion, deacons do not form a governing body. Instead,…