Friday, April 23, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
Book of the Week: The God of Another Chance: Overcoming Your Failures, Possessing Your Divine Destiny
God is the God of another chance. He will ensure that the good work that He has started in you will be completed. In this book, we will examine the failures and ultimate successes of biblical characters. If they overcame, then, the Christian today can come out of any personal Egypt and enter into their promised Canaan. Their examples provide hope and strength for the Christian today.
Friday, April 9, 2021
Book of the Week: The Call to Serve: An Examination of the Deacon and Servant's Ministry in the Church
In this book, we will examine the history and subsequent development of the Deacon's office in the Church. In addition, we will learn how the first men who were appointed to serve in the Church are the standard for which deacons and servants are to evaluate their service today. In doing so, the Church, deacons, and those called to serve will benefit from mutual understanding and cooperation.
THE DEACON’S CHARACTER
To begin his directives for the placement of individuals into the deacon’s office, Paul lists certain character traits for the deacon. Remember, your qualification as a deacon rests in your character and not your career. You may have abilities and knowledge, but they are of no use to the Church if they are not tempered with godly character.
The Deacon is Honorable
The first character trait that Paul gives for the deacon is grave. It comes from a Greek term, which means honorable or honest. In order to effectively serve as a deacon, you must be able to tell the truth in every circumstance and situation. From the examination of the first servants, we discover that a deacon then will act as a liaison between the people and those in leadership.
To do this effectively, the deacon has to be honorable and not biased in decision making as well as reporting issues, which may arise in the Church. The deacon has to be able to speak the truth in love. He must have an honorable reputation among the people so that his decisions can be received without substantial suspicion.
To remain honorable, the deacon must do 2 things according to the scriptures.
Have no respect of persons. The deacon who only stands for Christ and the welfare of the assembly will not be tempted to operate without integrity.
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. James 2:1 (KJV)
He will represent God by not having a respect of persons as he executes his duties in accordance with established leadership.