Author: Joey Tomlinson

Defining Deacons, Defining Christians

As we continue with our study on 1st Timothy here at Servants of Grace, I have the pleasure of defining for us the office and function of deacon as it relates to the local church. There is a lot of legalistic baggage with this office steeped in the traditions of men. Therefore, I think we should have a definition for deacon in order to ensure that we’re speaking the same language in a study like this. Here is my definition: Simply, the Greek noun, diakonos means “servant” or “minister” and is sometimes translated into the English word “deacon” as...

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Christ the Living Water

Not too long ago I was reading from Ezekiel 47 where God is giving Ezekiel a vision of the temple, and the LORD brings him to the door of the temple and shows Ezekiel flowing water.  Here is how Ezekiel records what he sees: “Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east).  The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar.  Then he brought me...

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Spiritual Warfare: How Christians Should Think of Satan and His Demons

Spiritual warfare, particularly in the area of demonology is quite neglected in many reformed churches. This is a problem because it creates a vacuum for those whose position on demons and spiritual warfare is influenced more by unchecked testimonials and Hollywood than by the careful instruction of the Apostles documented in God’s Word. C.S. Lewis said it best: “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel and excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are...

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What Matthew Henry Can Teach Us about Prayer

In all of the time I have been a Christian and in all of the time I have served in my ministry at the local Church I have never heard anyone say the following sentence: “I am satisfied with my prayer life.” For many in the local Church their prayer life is discouraging because they “tend to say the same old things about the same old things.”[i] My hope is that this brief article can be a starting point for you as you seek to have your mind renewed by the Scriptures on the joy of prayer. It is...

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Three Ways to Use Your Writing in Seminary for the Local Church

Last time I had the opportunity to write in this series, “Dear Seminarian”, I wrote about how important it is for the seminarian to serve the local church and love the local church. One of the ways I believe a seminarian can do this is by writing. A lot. The beauty is that you are already writing a lot. As you write, think of how what you’re writing can serve the Lord and His church body. The local church can benefit from your studies and your conclusions. Why not turn that exegetical paper on Hebrews 6 into a 4-week Sunday School series? This...

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