Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm Now Officially... a Servant!

On Sunday our church installed two elders and two deacons. I am one of the deacons. Here is a picture of the members laying their hands on me and praying for me.

The title "deacon" is simply a transliteration of the Greek word "diakonos", which means "servant". In the New Testament use of the word, deacons are men who serve the elders (pastors) by serving the congregation's physical needs. This frees the elders to devote themselves to their primary calling, "the ministry of the Word and prayer" (Acts 6:2-4).

I'm grateful to the Lord Jesus for the opportunity to serve His bride, and for His own example of servanthood.
Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant {diakonos}, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve {diakoneo}, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:25-28, NASB)

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