Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

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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How the Laments Speak to Our Fears

We had planned the trip for months. I looked forward to seeing God’s wonders on display in the majestic peaks of Northern California. I couldn’t wait to hear the sounds of rushing water and stand beside the towering ancient pines. After a long hike, we waited for our turn to stand at the rickety metal fence that was the only thing keeping us from falling thousands of feet to the Yosemite Valley below. As soon as I stepped up to the fence, my stomach grew nauseous. Then my head started spinning, and all I wanted to do was run...

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I Still Do

More than 28 years ago, Jim knelt beside me, fought back his tears, and read from Ephesians. “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” He reached for my hands and held them tightly. “I could never be all the things that are in this passage, but . . . ” “I do” came within the year. My bridesmaid whispered to me at the reception, “When I saw the way he looked at you when he said his vows, I just about died. Oh, to have a godly man look at me like...

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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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What Paul Really Said about Women in the Church

“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. (1 Tim. 2:11–12) When it comes to understanding biblical teaching about the role of women in the church, there seems to be danger on every side. First, there is the danger of controversy. Few issues have brought more division in recent years than the role of women in the church. Entire denominations have either split or formed over the question of women’s ordination. Second, there is the danger of letting...

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