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The New Testament Deacon: The Church's Minister of Mercy Paperback – October 1, 1992
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Part One - Dividing Up the Work: Word and Deed
The first section focuses on the necessity of dividing the work between elders and deacons. Generally, elders minister in Word through a solid biblical teaching ministry. Deacons on the other hand, minister in deed and offer assistance to needy and hurting people in the body of Christ. Specifically, the job description of the deacon is surveyed.
Part Two - A Two-Office Church: Overseers and Deacons
Part two may be the most crucial part of the book. The author clears up the misunderstanding that is typically associated with the office of overseer (elder) and the office of deacon. A clear distinction is drawn between these two important New Testament offices.
Part Three - The Qualifications for Deacons
As such, the qualifications for the office of deacon are explained with exegetical precision. Additionally, the deacon must be examined publically by the overseers and the congregation. Finally, the qualifications for wives who assist their husbands is clearly articulated.
Part Four - The Importance of Deacons in the Church
The author alerts readers to the importance of this office by directing their attention to 1 Timothy 3:13, "For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus." In other words, the office of deacon serves as a place of influence and high honor in the local church. Strauch adds, "Do not underestimate the potential influence the diaconate can have on the local church ... Although deacons do not teach or govern the congregation, they can be spiritual giants who exercise bold faith."
What is the origin of the NT diaconate? Of what does the diaconate consist? What are the Scriptural qualifications of the NT deacon?
Alexander Strauch is irenic and helpful as he answers these questions and many more while unfolding the relevant texts with skill, accuracy, and maturity.