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The First Qualification: The Deacon's Reputation

Deacons Reputation

Now that we’ve looked at the intent, mission, and objective of the New Testament deacon, it’s time to look at what kind of Christians fill this office. What are the qualifications of those called to be deacons?...

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Freeing Elders For Word and Prayer: The Deacon's Objective

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We see in Acts 6 that even in the earliest church the temptation to be distracted from this ministry is strong. The apostles put it in blunt terms: “it is not right that we should give up the preaching of the Word of God to serve tables.”...

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Caring For Practical Needs: The Deacon's Mission

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The mission of the office of deacon is to care for practical needs in the local church....

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The Deacon's Intent: Fostering Church Unity

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Deacons exist, first and foremost, with the intent of fostering unity in the church. Only with that primary purpose in mind can we then turn to look at others....

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Divine, Not Human, Design: The Deacon's Origin

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The starting point, then, for any discussion of the office of deacon is to recognize that the Church which the diaconal office is designed to serve is neither of human design or at human disposal to restructure....

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Colossians: A Study Guide for Women

We're excited to make available a new Bible study resource for women!...

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7 Pastoral Emphases For 2019

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As a pastor entering the new year, I’m thinking about certain things that I’d like to highlight in my ministry to the church. For my church, the needed focus areas might be different than yours. There are also other items my church is focusing on that aren’t included here (like church planting). At this stage in our church’s growth, and in view of the current clima...

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Learning From a Syrian Brother Part 3: Reaching Our Muslim Neighbours

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In this final article, I wanted to pass along, briefly, a few practical suggestions he made to help us reach Muslims, and particularly new arrivals in Canada....

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Learning From a Syrian Brother Part 1: A Focus on Training Men and Blessing Other Churches

Learning from a Syrian Brother

Our Syrian brother not only understands but exemplifies a spirit that sees a local church and its pastors as not merely existing for themselves, but for the benefit of other churches for the sake of the Gospel....

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Learning From a Syrian Brother Part 2: Faithful Are the Wounds of a Friend

Learning from a Syrian Brother 2

Let’s pray, then, that the Lord would make us bold, that he would cause us to count stability and plenty as relatively unimportant, and that he would move us to sacrifice our reputations, our comforts, our personal preferences, and even our safety in order to make disciples of Christ and build up his Church....

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