Acts 6:1-4 NKJV Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
The original intent of the deacons is the same as every member of the church: to be ministers.
Deacons are to be servants. They are to care for the widows in the church. Deacons are to free pastors and leaders so they could give themselves to prayer, teaching and preaching.
The deacon ministry started out as a Biblical principle and turned into unbiblical tradition. Traditions are not bad unless they become unbiblical. How and where are you serving today? I believe every member is a minister!
Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
Who is to do the work of the ministry? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?