1 Timothy 3:8-13
1 Timothy 3:8-13: “In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.” Romans 16: 1 “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in Cenchrea.” Word of Faith Deacon’s Ministry under the able leadership of Dr. EF. Khambule and elder Modise Motukisi, are serving in excellence of Spirit, and striving to meet the ever growing needs of the church and its attendant ministries. The term deacon comes from the Greek word diákonos meaning servant or minister, who mainly minister to the physical needs of the members of the body of Christ.
Our deacons serve in the following way:
- – Church maintenance
- – Maintenance of order within and around church services
- – baptismal
- – Weddings
- – Funerals and other special services
Based on the word of God, our deacons are qualified based on the following:
- Deacons, like elders, should be well instructed in doctrine and practice. They should know the Scriptures well, live according to the Scriptures, and be able to use the Scriptures correctly in all kinds of situations that occur in daily life.
- Even women deacons or deaconesses can be appointed
- Deacons must be true Christians who are sound in doctrine, and obedient and faithful in life. They must be committed to the faith—to all that God has revealed to us in his Word. They must hold to the faith of our fathers without reservation.
- Even though deacons do not hold a teaching office in the church, Christ does not want anyone who is unskilled in the Christian faith to hold public office in his church.
- It is important that a deacon be skilled in the Christian faith (see Hebrews 5.2-14) because he will often have to give advice and seek to comfort other people. That is part of the work of a deacon as he ministers to God’s people. The advice and comfort he gives must be biblical. It must be doctrinally sound. It must be correct and wise in practice. That can only come from faithfully studying and using the Scriptures correctly.