Category: 1 Timothy

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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The Gold Standard for Biblical Manhood: Striving for the Standard of Godliness and Holiness by God’s Grace

The Gold Standard for Biblical Manhood: Striving for the Standard of Godliness and Holiness by God’s Grace by Dave Jenkins http://servantsofgrace.org/mediafolder/TheGoldStandardforBiblicalManhoodStrivingfortheStandardofGodlinessandHolinessbyGodsGrace.mp3 If you would like to listen to me preach this passage you can listen above. I preached this sermon May 6th, 2017 at the Men’s Retreat at Camp Pinewood in McCall, Idaho to the men of my local church. The theme of the Retreat was Becoming A Man of God in the local church. Introduction As Christian men, we should all desire to grow in spiritual maturity and Christlikeness. We should all want to become what we are...

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Measuring Disunity and Modesty by the Standard of the Gospel

I grew up in a church that handed out a modesty checklist to young girls. Some of the rules were: You can’t wear shirts with spaghetti straps unless you wear something under it or over it. You cannot wear any prints or fabrics that drew attention to your chest. Your tank top straps should measure four fingers wide or else pitch it. You must always wear board shorts over the bottoms of any bathing suit (even a traditional one piece). We tried to follow and enforce these rules. And it all bred severe criticism, judgment, legalism, and self-righteousness. We...

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A Call to Persevere in Prayer

1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as...

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Swerving From A Shipwrecked Faith

Recently, my wife and I bought a gazebo to put outside our house. Unfortunately, it came in one of those boxes that says, “Some assembly required.” Knowing my limitations with being handy, I had hoped it would come just as it looked set up in the store! I have yet to open the box, but when I do, I hope to find instructions there that will be clear enough for this dense assemblyman, that I can pass it off to my two sons to put together! The book of 1 Timothy is a spiritual father talking to a spiritual...

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