Biblical Blueprint for Deacons

Steve Viars December 31, 1999

Biblical Blueprint for Deacons

Study Guide for Words Related To
Deacons in the New Testament


Please look up the context of each of the verses that are assigned to you.  Determine the following things about each:

1.  Does this passage refer to the function or office of deacon?  (F or O)
(By office we mean that the person was selected by a local congregation for the specific task of deaconship.)
2.  Does this passage refer to a physical or spiritual ministry?  (P or S)
3.  Does this passage indicate the deacon is involved in a service or a decision-making capacity?  (S or D)


Diakonos (noun) 1 2 3
Matt. 20:26 – let him be your minister ______ ______ ______
22:13 – Then said the king to the servants ______ ______ ______
23:11 – the greatest among you shall be your servant ______ ______ ______
Mark 9:35 – be last of all, and servant of all ______ ______ ______
10:43 – among you, shall be your minister  ______ ______ ______
John 2:5 – His mother saith unto the servants ______ ______ ______
2:9 – the servants which drew the water ______ ______ ______
12:26 – There shall also my servant be ______ ______ ______
Rom.13:4 – he is the minister of God to thee ______ ______ ______
13:4 – he is the minister of God, a revenger ______ ______ ______
15:8 – a minister of the circumcision for ______ ______ ______
16:1 – Phoebe, our sister, which is a servant ______ ______ ______
I Cor. 3:5 – Ministers by whom ye believed ______ ______ ______
II Cor. 3:6 – also hath made us able ministers ______ ______ ______
6:4 – ourselves as the ministers of God ______ ______ ______
11:15 – if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of
   righteousness ______ ______ ______
11:23 – Are they ministers of God? ______ ______ ______
Gal. 2:17 – (is) therefore Christ the minister of sin ______ ______ ______
Eph. 3:7 – Whereof I was made a minister ______ ______ ______
6:21 – brother and faithful minister ______ ______ ______
Phil. 1:1 – with bishops and deacons ______ ______ ______
Col. 1:7 – a faithful minister of Christ ______ ______ ______

Diakonos (cont.) 1 2 3
Col. 1:23 – I Paul am made a minister ______ ______ ______
1:25 – Whereof I am made a minister ______ ______ ______
4:7 – a faithful minister and fellowservant ______ ______ ______
I Thes. 3:2 – Timotheus, our brother and minister of God ______ ______ ______
3:8 – Likewise (must) the deacons be grave
3:12 – deacons be the husbands of one wife ______ ______ ______
4:6 – thou shalt be a good minister ______ ______ ______
Diakonia (participle)
Luke 10:40 – cumbered about much serving ______ ______ ______
Acts 1:17 – obtained part of this ministry ______ ______ ______
1:25 – he may take part of this ministry ______ ______ ______
6:1 – neglected in the daily ministration ______ ______ ______
6:4 – to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word ______ ______ ______
11:29 – determined to send relief ______ ______ ______
12:25 – had fulfilled (their) ministry ______ ______ ______
20:24 – the ministry, which I have received ______ ______ ______
21:19 – among the Gentiles by his ministry ______ ______ ______
Rom. 11:13 – I magnify mine office ______ ______ ______
12:7 – Or ministry, (let us wait) on (our) ministering ______ ______ ______
Rom. 15:31 – that my service which (I have) ______ ______ ______
I Cor. 12:5 – are differences of administrations ______ ______ ______
16:15 – themselves to the ministry of the saints ______ ______ ______
II Cor. 3:7 – if the ministration of death, written ______ ______ ______
3:8 – shall not the ministration of the spirit ______ ______ ______
3:9 – if the ministration of condemnation ______ ______ ______
3:9 – doth the ministration of righteousness ______ ______ ______
4:1 – seeing we have this ministry ______ ______ ______
II Cor. 5:18 – to us the ministry of reconciliation ______ ______ ______
6:3 – that the ministry be not blamed ______ ______ ______
8:4 – the fellowship of the ministering to ______ ______ ______
9:1 – touching the ministering to the saints ______ ______ ______

Diakonia (cont.) 1 2 3
II Cor. 9:12 – for the administration of this service ______ ______ ______
9:13 – by the experiment of this ministration ______ ______ ______
11:8 – wages (of them), to do you service (lit. for ministering to you) ______ ______ ______
Eph. 4:12 – for the work of the ministry ______ ______ ______
Col. 4:17 – Take heed to the ministry ______ ______ ______
I Tim. 1:12 – putting me into the ministry ______ ______ ______
II Tim. 4:5 – make full proof of thy ministry ______ ______ ______
4:11 – profitable to me for the ministry ______ ______ ______
Heb. 1:14 – spirits, sent forth to minister for them ______ ______ ______
Rev. 2:19 – I know thy works, and charity, and service ______ ______ ______

Diakoneo (verb)
Matt. 4:11 – angels came and ministered unto him ______ ______ ______
8:15 – she arose, and ministered unto them ______ ______ ______
20:28 – came not to be ministered unto, but to minister ______ ______ ______
25:44 – in prison, and did not minister unto thee? ______ ______ ______
27:55 – from Galilee, ministering unto him ______ ______ ______
Mark 1:13 – the angels ministered unto him ______ ______ ______
1:31 – left her, and she ministered unto them ______ ______ ______
10:45 – not to be ministered unto, but to minister ______ ______ ______
15:41 – followed him, and ministered unto him ______ ______ ______
Luke 4:39 – she arose and ministered ______ ______ ______
8:3 – others, which ministered ______ ______ ______
10:40 – my sister hath left me to serve alone ______ ______ ______
12:37 – will come forth and serve ______ ______ ______
17:8 – I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me ______ ______ ______
22:26 – he that is chief as he that doth serve ______ ______ ______
22:27 – that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth ______ ______ ______
22:27 – I am among you as he that serveth ______ ______ ______
John 12:2 – made him a supper; and Martha served ______ ______ ______
12:26 – any man serve me, let him follow me ______ ______ ______
12:26 – any man serve me, him will ______ ______ ______

Diakoneo (cont.) 1 2 3
Acts 6:2 – leave the word of God, and serve tables ______ ______ ______
19:22 – two of them that ministered unto him ______ ______ ______
Rom. 15:25 – unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints ______ ______ ______
II Cor. 3:3 – epistle of Christ ministered by us ______ ______ ______
8:19 – which is administered by ______ ______ ______
8:20 – which is administered by ______ ______ ______
I Tim. 3:10 –  use the office of a deacon ______ ______ ______
3:13 –  have used the office of deacon well ______ ______ ______
II Tim. 1:18 –  things he ministered unto ______ ______ ______
Philemon 13 – might have ministered unto ______ ______ ______
Heb. 6:10 – have ministered to the saints, and do minister ______ ______ ______
I Pet. 1:12 – they did minister the things ______ ______ ______
4:10 – (even so) minister the same ______ ______ ______
4:11 – if any man minister, (let him do it) ______ ______ ______

Steve Viars

B.S. - Bible, Baptist Bible College
M.Div. - Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min. - Westminster Theological Seminary

Pastor Steve Viars has served at Faith Church since 1987. He and his wife Kris were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. Pastor Viars’ gifted teaching ministry, enthusiasm for the Word of God, and organizational skills are instrumental in equipping Faith Church. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith ministries and serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation.

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