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Thankfulness for Deacons

by on November 21, 2021

Key Scripture: Acts 6:1-3 “Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against
the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word 
of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.”

In Acts 6, the Apostles faced an important decision: guard the ministry of the Word or tend to the needs of the congregation. While each of these responsibilities is vital, the Apostles would be hard-pressed to do both. The apostles recognized the scope of the problem and realized that they needed to solve it without sacrificing their own valuable time and priorities (MacArthur). The twelve chose a strategic division of labor, allowing the Word to be proclaimed and people to be cared for. Seven men (v. 3) were chosen to be the first to serve in what would become a long-standing, whole new office—Deacon. The word “deacon” means servant. Deacons meet tangible needs, promote church unity, and assist elders by caring for the needs of the church.

At Richland Creek our deacons serve in a wide variety of functions. These men faithfully meet the diverse needs of the body of Christ, whether it be visiting the sick, performing facility and grounds work, handling financial matters, distributing needed resources, or responding to benevolence requests. Their service is often out of the public eye; yet, their role is vital to the life and health of the church. We simply could not function as a church without their remarkable service.

Next time you see a deacon, thank or encourage that servant either in word or deed.

Questions to Consider:

Do you know who our deacons are? Have you expressed appreciation to a deacon lately?

Prayer Prompts:

  • Father, thank you for these faithful, obedient men who so humbly and sacrificially serve our body. Give them eyes to see the needs ofour congregation, humility in their service, and hearts to love the people You love.

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