“They stood these men before the apostles, who prayed and placed their hands on them.”
In the Jerusalem church, seven men were chosen to see to the needs of all the widows among them. The apostles set them apart by prayer (part of their work, v. 4) and laying hands upon them.
Were they deacons, in the official sense? It’s a big controversy. Perhaps because we get hung up on titles and positions. They served the church. That is enough. (But there was an official ceremony!)
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“Deacons likewise must be dignified, not two-faced, not given to excessive drinking, not greedy for gain,”
1 Timothy 3.8
Deacons, wives, 1 Tim 3.11, and older men, Tt 2.2, ought to be dignified. All Christians ought to think on what is dignified, or honorable, Phil 4.8. The word means “respectable, honorable, of serious demeanor” (NETB).
How does a person act who is dignified? Describe their demeanor, what they look like. What saint of your acquaintance would you call dignified?
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We are embarking on something I’ve never been a part of before. On December 11-12, David Pharr will be speaking in a seminar on Elders and Deacons. We are in the process of trying to reach the goal of having proper leadership. It is exciting.
However, I know that congregations have been torn apart as a result of the process. Please pray for the Church of Christ at Allenhurst, that we may act like sanctified people as we seek to do God’s will.