Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
It would be helpful to read, along with this passage, Acts 6:1-7, which many believe to a description of the original deacons, even though they are not called that.
- As you read this what are the first things that come to your mind?
- What in this text strikes you as remarkable?
- How many "qualifications" does Paul mention for one to be a deacon?
- Why are these things important to God?
- Which of these is the most difficult?
- How does these things differ from what Paul describes for elders?
- Do you know of men who like what Paul describes? Who are they?
What else is on your mind this week?