A problem presented itself to the early church. There were widows, under the care of the church, that were being neglected (they were not getting the food that they needed). The Apostles gathered together the congregation, in Acts 6, to seek to solve this problem. “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables.” They selected seven men (the first deacons) who might be in charge of this task.
Now, fast forward 2,000 years. How are things different? Perhaps now we see deacons meeting together once per month to discuss the budget and vote on repairs to the building. Maybe they are even giving direction on the church and voting on buying and selling property, or even calling a new pastor. What about the widows?
This week at Redeemer, we will take a close look at the 2nd biblical office in the local church, The Good Deacons, from 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Are there any differences in the qualifications for elders and deacons? Can women be deacons? What about Phoebe? What should the relationship be like between the elders and deacons? What should characterize the life of a deacon?
What about you? Are you someone who is seeking to serve in your local church? That is literally what the word deacon means—servant. Are you willing to put yourself into the service of others, or should you be doing more important things? Are you too important to wash dishes, bring meals to the homebound or wait on tables? Is there anything that we could learn from Jesus about service?
May we follow Christ in this!