To Equip the Saints for Service

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton The Organization of the Church The Apostles Prophets What Are Elders Responsible For? Servants of the Church The Purpose of Preaching What Is Teaching?

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Servants of the Church

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Acts 6:1-6   I.         Early in the church’s history, the number of brethren increased dramatically.             A.        With that increase came “growing pains.”             B.        Circumstances caused the church in Jerusalem to have a large number of widows who needed care.                         1.         Some felt that preference was being given to native widows over those from foreign…

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The Organization of the Church

Text: Hebrews 8:1-5   I.         We give God glory when we teach His doctrine and execute it accordingly – I Peter 4:11             A.        Thus we are to follow the pattern set for us – Philippians 3:17             B.        Warnings abound not to change the message – Galatians 1:6-10             C.        Any change would give glory to man and no longer to…

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Can deacons have multiple wives and homes?

Question: I was wondering if polygamy is wrong because a Christan polygamy site states this: “mia doesn’t mean one, it means first in I Timothy 3:2,12; Titus 1:6” Regarding idios they are saying “The word “idios” signifies actual or potential corporate possession, or “ownership” (although sometimes the two words may be synonymous, the change up in this verse is…

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Does the New Testament Authorize Deaconesses?

by Carrol R. Sutton via Guardian of Truth, November 16, 1989 The question under consideration in this study is one about which scholars are divided. Some do not hesitate to say that deaconesses are authorized in the New Testament. Others say that it is questionable and still others suggest that there is no authority in the…

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If I haven’t married yet, can I still be a deacon?

Question: Good day, Bro. Jeffrey, I write this email in order to seek a mature answer and guidance from a well-rounded spiritual leader. Our local church here wants to appoint deacons since we don’t have formally appointed ones. We already studied the apostle Paul’s teachings on appointing deacons based on I Timothy 3:8-12 for many…

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Can a man be a deacon in the church if he doesn’t have children?

Question: I have a question I would very much like an answer to: Can a man be a deacon in the church if he doesn’t have children? Answer: “Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households” (I Timothy 3:12). “Must” lays down a requirement that…

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