We now refer to them as “The Seven,” a group of men who stepped up to serve the early church at a critical moment. Remember the story from Acts 6? As the number of believers grew, so did its needs. Unfortunately, some congregants (e.g. Hellenistic Jews) felt that they were being neglected in the midst of the growth. The solution? The Seven! The forerunners of deacons! These men were selected by the people to wait the tables of Grecian widows and minister to their needs. Through their service, the fellowship of the church was protected, and the ministry was furthered.
I am especially grateful for those brothers I call deacons here at Temple Baptist Church. They understand that initial responsibility of the deacon—to keep the fellowship of the church through service and ministry. For the past few years, I have served with some of the most solid, selfless deacons I have ever encountered. And this Sunday, we have an opportunity to nominate ten more such individuals to the Deacons Council. I ask you to pray fervently this week for guidance and discernment as you approach this decision. Read Acts 6:1-7 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13 to help you in the process. And finally, seek the Holy Spirit’s prompting in your selection.
Luke reminded us about the powerful results of the first deacon election: “And the word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7 ESV). What an awesome statement! The choosing of deacons allowed the Kingdom to continue its advancement. Let’s pray that God will use this week’s deacon nomination also to multiply ministry and expand the Gospel’s impact.
I am looking forward to gathering around the Word with you this coming Sunday as we seek Christ, the Healer! As always, I covet your prayers as I prepare His message. I want to ask you to go to God on my behalf and specifically request that He give me sensitivity and clarity as I share.
After we experience the renewal of worship and study Sunday morning, we get to serve our community through Released projects and through the “art of neighboring.” Hope you are intentional in participating in that special time! See you Sunday!