Saturday, January 3, 2015
Let's Talk About Deacons
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.