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A Biblical Look at Deacons Many Baptists believe that there are two officers in a church one being the pastor elder or bishop and the other of a deacon The reason for this article is that I can find no biblical grounds in the New Testament for the establishment of an office of a deacon There is no example or reference to an official diaconate in a church that has authority or office over the local congregation There is certainly a biblical position in the church of deacons or better servants but it is not a position of leadership or authority in a local church The word diakonos means a servant and the New Testament gives examples of both appointed servants elected by the church to specific tasks and of unelected servants who served the Lord in a general sense The noun diakonos is used thirty times in the New Testament and in only three of those does it refer to an specifically appointed servant Phil 11 1 Tim 38 12 The word is generally used simply to denote one who served the Lord or ministered as a servant The verb diakoneo is found twice in 1 Tim 310 13 and is translated into the phrase use the office of a deacon Most commentators base their assumption that it is an office on three factors First the King James Bible in 1 Tim 310 13 translates the one Greek word diakoneo into English use the office of a deacon Secondly many commentators and Bible dictionaries conclude that because Paul in 1 Tim 38-13 lists the qualifications of a deacon he is setting forth the official office of deacon Thirdly down through history I believe many commentators have simply accepted the incorrect traditional ideas of those they followed without a thorough examination of the matter themselves The first problem with the present day understanding of this position is in the use
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