Qualifications of Deacons Compared With The Standard For All Christians

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A. Men of dignity (I Tim. 3:8) I Peter 2:11,12; (serious in outlook; worthy of respect) Philippians 2:15
B. Not double-tongued (I Tim. 3:8) Philippians 1:10; (must not be insincere) I Corinthians 5:8
C. (Not) addicted to much wine (I Tim. 3:8) 2 Peter 1:6; Galatians 5:21; (not given to strong drink) I Corinthians 10:23-33
D. (Not) fond of sordid gain (I Tim. 3:8) I Timothy 6:9,10; (not one who tries to get money in James 4:13-17 dishonest ways)
E. Holding to the mystery of the faith with I Peter 2:1-2; 2 Peter 3:18; a clear conscience ( I Tim. 3:9) Philippians 2:16 (know’s God’s will and is always striving Hebrews 5:12-6:3; to do it in daily life)
F. First be tested… beyond reproach (I Tim. 3:10) Hebrews 12:14-15; (demonstrated ability to serve) Philippians 1:27-28
G. Husband of only one wife (I Tim. 3:12) Matthew 19:9; (must be married, and that only once) Romans 7:2-3
H. Good managers of their children and Ephesians 5:22-33; 6:1-4; and their own households (I Tim. 3:12) I Peter 3:1-12 (handles the responsibilities of a family )
I. Good reputation (Acts 6:3) I Peter 2:12 (respected by Christians and non-Christians)
J. Full of the Spirit and wisdom (Acts 6:3) Romans 12:1-2; (bears the fruit of the spirit in his life and is able Galatians 5:16-24 to make the proper application of knowledge)

I Pet. 2:11,12

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may on a account of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Phil. 2:14,15

Do all things without grumbling or disputing; that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.

Phil. 1:10

So that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.

I Cor. 5:8

Let us therefore celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

2 Pet. 1:6

and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness.

Gal. 5:21

envyings, drunkenness, carousings, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

I Tim. 6:9,10

But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang.

I Pet. 2:1-2

Therefore putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.

2 Pet. 3:18

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Phil. 2:16

holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

Heb. 12:14,15

Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing us causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.

Phil. 1:27,28

Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ; so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by you opponents–which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.

Rom. 12:1,2

I urge you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

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