Saturday, January 3, 2015
You hear about deacons if you are in the church. No matter what type or branding of church you belong to, there may be a deacon board or just a group of deacons.
Just what is a deacon?
That is simple. A deacon is a helper. A table waiter. He pops up in the book of Acts, the sixth chapter. There was a disagreement in the new church over ther serving of the new Jews, the group of new believers in Christ. They were saying they weren't getting their proper amount of attention or food.
So James and the apostles got together and said, "It is not right we serve tables. We are called to give you the word of God and to pray for you. You select spiritual people, seven men, and let them take over the office."
Deacons today are to do the business of care for the church and meet the needs of the people. They are to allow the pastor, who has been called to lead, to do his study and preaching.
They are to free up the pastor from doing mundane things. Not that a deacon is less in the body but are important to the proper running of the congregation.
But they are not the people called to run the church. They are called to help the church function.
The title of this post is a phrase used by C.S. Lewis in his Chronicles of Narnia series. It meant to get to know a deeper truth better.
For us when we study the Bible we are going further in and higher up.
God wants to communicate and He has done that through the Bible. Those 66 books are a unit and are God allowing us to see Him.
We, like gold hunters, must dig and pan out what is there.
We do that through the right study techniques. I have discussed this earlier in this blog and you will have to do a bit of hunting through the table on contents.
What ever you do and how ever you do it, you will need a good Bible translation. That you can find at the book store I recommend. Just click on the colored words in the last sentence and you will be taken there.
With this translation ( We don't have the orogianl manuscripts, but these translations found at the store are fine to use) you will also need a notepad to jot down insights to the reading you are doing.
As you read you will be asking, what is this passage saying? To whom is it addressed? (Hint, we are not the primary people being addressed.) Who is speaking? Why is it here? Are there other places this incident is spoken of?
Of course you will be using Bible aids as you explore. You will need a Bible history book, a concordance, a writing instrument to write with.
Much prayer is called for. Wait for the answer. You might not get the exact meaning. You may need to ask your pastor or gifted teacher in the fellowship to help you..
Once again let me say you are digging. A good study will take time.
Don't be afraid to mark your Bible. There may be passages you want to memorize. Please do so.. This will make it easier for God to speak to you. He only speaks what the Bible speaks since it is what He has revealed to us about Himself. He does not and has never spoken outside what is already written in the Bible. He is not revealing new truth. Be careful of people who tell you otherwise.