Definition of a Deacon
At First Timothy Three, Paul the Apostle wrote of the spiritual characteristics necessary in those who would serve as deacons in the Church. These were to be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience, being found blameless. Interestingly, the Sixth of Acts records the apostles directing the appointment of seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom. The purpose of the appointees was to facilitate the business of the daily benevolent or material ministration of the Church. The word “deacon” defines as a “servant,” and, though the word “deacon” is not used at Acts Six to describe the seven appointed, their job description fits the definition of a deacon.
Written by David Hayes Prophater