AN INQUIRY INTO
THE NATURE, DUTIES, AND EXERCISE
OFFICE OF DEACON,
JAMES M. WILLSON, A.M.
PASTOR OF THE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CONGREGATION, PHILA.
"Let the Deacons be grave, &c."-1 Tim. 3:8.
"Let all things be done decently, and in order."-1 Cor. 14:40.
WILLIAM S. YOUNG, 173 RACE STREET.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1841-James M. Willson.-An brief explanation of the cause for researching and writing on the topic of the deacon together with an apology for the present work.
1841-James M. Willson.-A Scriptural and historical survey designed to prove that the office of deacon is one both ordinary and perpetual in the Chrisitan church.
1841-James M. Willson.-A positive and expansive view of the duties and responsibilities which pertain to the office of deacon.
1841-James M. Willson.-In this chapter various schemes which undermine the diaconate and its role in the life of the church are examined, particularly "boards of trustees" and their antipathy toward many of the things deacons are appointed to do and preserve in the church.
1841-James M. Willson.-A thorough discussion of the diaconate with respect to its relations to the other church officers and its position with regard to the various church courts.
1841-James M. Willson.-A concluding plea for the establishing of a useful and intelligent diaconate.
1841-James M. Willson.-This contains three notes: first, concerning the discontinuance of the office of deacon in Scotland; second, a list of Old Testament passages relative to the finances of the church; third, a short discussion of the titling of church property.