In his book, Paul’s Vision for the Deacons, Alexander Strauch says that there are two primary offices that the Lord has given to the church: the office of elder and the office of deacon. To put it simply, the Lord has given the elders to oversee the spiritual needs of the church and He has given the deacons to oversee the physical needs (with a lot of overlap in between). Strauch divides the offices up this way.
He says that elders should:
- Lead the church of God
- Exercise oversight for the church
- Teach the people God’s Word
- Prepare and equip the saints for ministry
- Pray for the people
At the same time, he says that deacons should:
- Assist the elders in their tasks
- Operate as agents of mercy in the church
- Meet people’s physical needs
- Care for widows and orphans
- Help the poor
While that is a good place to start, there is more to be said about the distinction between elders and deacons, which is what we will be talking about this week at Grace Fellowship Church. Now that we have appointed some new elders for our church, it is time to discuss the second office that God has called us to create: the office of deacon. We want to identify men from within our congregation who are able to oversee physical needs and help the elders with their tasks. This series will last several weeks, but the first sermon will be this Sunday morning at 9:30.
Several famous men in the early church served as deacons. Philip the Evangelist in Acts 8 and Stephen the first Christian martyr in Acts 7 both held this high office. Come learn more about it with us. We meet at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. Hope to see you there! – Jeremy Cagle