I have been preaching through the Pastoral Epistles at my church, and a few Sundays ago I delivered a message on deacons from 1 Timothy 3:8-16. You can listen to the sermon below or download it here.
The second point of the sermon focuses on verse 11 and deals with whether Paul intends for women to serve as deacons. This is a controversial question, and I obviously don’t treat it exhaustively in this sermon. Nevertheless, here’s where I came down.
11 Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.
Verse 11 actually sticks out a little bit in context. Why would Paul drop in a reference to “women” in a passage about deacons? Continue reading →