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- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 18:20
Paul addressed all the saints, the bishops (overseers), and deacons at the opening of his letter to the Philippians (verse 1). Perhaps the murmurings and disputings (2:14) and the friction between former servants (4:2, 3) necessitated this reminder that God entrusts deacon service to some saints. Each serves in his sphere without jealousy, not aspiring to recognition and a title, but serving with a focus on his work entrusted to him by the Lord. Deacons are known by their work.
Overseers guide the assembly to entrust particular service to those who are proving themselves (1 Timothy 3:10) by doing public deacon work (as in verse 1, the word "office" is an unsupported and unfortunate addition). This includes those responsible to preach the gospel, open Bible Readings, and minister at assembly ministry meetings. These serve as deacons. Likewise those whose full time is devoted to such work are deacons of their assembly.
Keep all officialism outside the assembly! "Deacon" is not a badge to be worn; deacon service is a responsibility to be fulfilled (Colossians 4:17).