May 12, 2024

TEXT:  1 TIMOTHY 3:1-13

Introduction:  Philippians 1:1   “The biblical church is to be pastor led, deacon served & member supported.  All under the Lord as its head & controlled by the Holy Spirit”

  1. The Lord is the head of His church     1 Tim 3:5,13
    1. He is the authority     Eph 1:22-23
    2. He is the goal     Eph 4:15
    3. He is the Saviour     Eph 6:23-24
    4. He is Preeminent     Col 1:15-21
  2. The pastor is the leader for the Lord’s church     1 Tim 3:1-7
    1. As a bishop of the Lord’s church selected by God
    2. As a shepherd under the Chief Shepherd
      1. The elder is the office of responsibility
      2. The elder is the office of being an example
      3. The elder is the office of greater accountability
      4. The elder is the office of authority
      5. The elder is the office of mutual submission
    3. As an example to follow as he follows the Lord Himself
  3. The deacon is the helper to the pastor & church family     1 Tim 3:8-13; Acts 6:3-6
    1. The deacon is similar to the pastor as a helper
    2. The deacon is to be respectable and respected
    3. The deacon is to be able to use Scripture to help others
    4.  the deacon is to be proven faithful over time
    5. The deacon is to have only one godly wife
    6. The deacon is to fulfill the office responsibilities well.