- When you think of the work of a deacon, what comes to mind?
- Do you automatically begin to think of a group meeting in a room somewhere debating about some mundane detail of church work?
- Do you see deacons as the uncooperative people in the church we must all answer to?
- I find it humorous that Wake Forest University, originally a school for training pastors, settled upon mascot that would strike fear into the hearts of opponents – a Demon Deacons.
- One parody account on Twitter known as the “Surly Deacon” posts regularly saying things like
- “Called the police due to suspected vandalism at church. An investigation revealed the children’s ministry had a project that used glitter.”
- Or “All I’m saying is church attendance is in direct proportion to AC tonnage.”
- Does the New Testament want us to view Deacons in this way?
- According to Jamie Dunlop a pastor a Capitol Hill Baptist in DC, in the New Testament the position of deacon is two things: a shock absorber and a servant. He says..
- Deacons are shock absorbers because they “were chosen to preserve unity at a time when botched administration was creating fissures in the church.”
- Deacons are servants because “their very name means servant, and their precursors in Acts 6 were chosen to handle the practical needs of the church.”
- If you have not already guessed it, today we are thinking about how the ministry of deacons fits into our church ministry.
- To do that we need to talk about church problems.
- Church problems very quickly become obstacles to God’s glory and disrupt the spread of the gospel.
- Today we want to follow the three pronged approach of the early church to deal with church problems.