9Marks Journal on Deacons

I enjoy reading the 9 marks Journal. It often has great articles that are interesting and challenging. However I was a little disappointed with the latest offering on Deacons.

What disappointed me was that a number of times there was a clear division made between the fact that Elders were responsible for teaching and preaching of the word while Deacons were there to serve. On one level that is true because, obviously, the word Deacon means to serve. But the implication I read from the articles is that Deacons should not preach or teach. That I think is not right. Also, as far as I can remember, none of the articles address two of the most famous Deacons of Scripture, Stephen and Philip.

It is interesting that the apostles appear to have appointed as Deacons men who were preachers, and prophets. The description of Stephen is quite incredible – they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and r of the Holy Spirit & And Stephen, full of grace and z power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people & But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. From these short scriptures we can see a Deacon who was anointed to proclaim the good news. Acts 7 is Stephen teaching the Sanhedrin about the salvation history of God and Israel accumulating in Christ. Then in chapter 8 we have the Deacon Philip who is proclaiming the Messiah in Samaria.

I was a little surprised that in a journal dedicated to Deacons and their role there was no mention of either Stephen or Philip – two deacons who would knock spots off most pastors and elders today.

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