Below is a brief review of our meeting today, followed by projection from the message, and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Josh opened our time together with announcements and a Call to Worship.
Cindy Graunke led us in a prayer of confession and Josh followed up with an assurance of pardon.
After worship, Serena Walker shared about the International Missions Weekend, coming up on March 11th-12th.
Matthew then preached the message, “The Ministry of Mercy Part II: The Office” from 1 Timothy 3:8-13 as the next in our miniseries about Deacons. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message, Matthew read Matthew 6:25-33 and led us in a time of small group prayer and ministry for those who have physical or material need.
Once prayer time concluded, all were dismissed.
Projection from the message:
I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that,  if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. – 1 Timothy 3:14-15
For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. – James 3:2
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:21
I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. – 1 Timothy 2:12
“According to the New Testament, deacons hold an official position of authority, in close association with the overseers. Deacons do not simply provide private, individual help to others – something all Christian men and women are to do. Deacons guide and direct the entire church’s overall welfare ministry. They make decisions that affect the whole church body. They are the church’s official managers or representatives of mercy ministries.” – Alexander Strauch
1. As a church, why do we need deacons? Why is it important for us to understand the roles and responsibilities of deacons?
2. How is a plurality of leadership a foundation of church government? What does this term mean and why is it important to employ?
3. What does it mean to be a servant-oriented leader?
3. How are the requirements for deacons’ wives similar to the requirements of deacons themselves?
4. Matthew taught that we must submit ourselves not to what is comfortable or easy, but to what our Savior says is right. Have there been ideas or points from the past two messages that feel difficult to understand or uncomfortable? What truths from scripture help you with this?