Setting the Car in Motion
When I arrive home in the afternoons, I can count on one of two things being true. Either Rachel has supper on the stove or she has an idea what we will eat. That is her role and she fulfills it with few exceptions. She also trusts that I will provide for the family, which is my role. No one can fulfill either of those two roles for us, in our family.
Jesus has set the example for service in His church. He is, as we will discuss in our sermon Sunday, the “Deacon of deacons,” that is, the “Servant of servants.” He is God, the Sovereign Ruler of the universe, who knelt on the floor and cleaned the dirt and toe jam from the feet of His disciples. As we have pointed out before, Jesus’ ministry is divided into three large areas: Encouragement, Teaching, and Benevolence. He has left these tasks in the hands of Christians to fulfill on His behalf, through His church.
Elders. Preachers. Deacons. Swartz Creek is in need of more deacons to “pick up the towel” and serve Christ by serving the church. We will present a long list of areas in which the church is engaged, in encouragement, teaching, and benevolence. Some of those areas already have deacons serving in them; many do not.
Just as with my home (and likely yours), the Swartz Creek church family will function more smoothly, reach more people, and be more efficient if we will accept certain roles that fit our personalities and our nature, and fulfill those roles as well as we can. If roles do not get filled, then ministries either fail for lack of leadership or they limp along because those who are overseeing them have too many things they are doing already.
If you take a look at 1 Corinthians 12:28, you see that God gave the first-century church a number of miraculous gifts (I count eight just in that one verse), which illustrate how He divides up labor. In this way, every person is involved but no one person is overloaded.
Deacons are the wheels of the church, setting the “car” in motion in all of our areas of service. We need more to keep us running.
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