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THE GIFT OF MINISTRY

By Pastor James Black | July 30, 2008

Rom 12: 7,10

I- The Word – di/ak/on/ia

     1- deacon, Acts 6:1-4 (from Jewish synagogue) parnasim

          1- to feed, nourish, support, and govern

          2- a judge, in doctrine and wisdom, to discern and give judgment in sacred and civil matters.  Num 11:25; I Cor 6:1-8

          3- take care of alms (offerings) collected and distributed to the poor (deacons of the table) v1,2

          4- preach and instruct in the Word, (deacons of the Word) v4

          5- deaconess, to serve to the women only.

     2- relief, Acts 11:29

     3- servant, Rom. 16:1

     4- administrations, I Cor 12:5

     5- minister, Heb 1:14

II- The Work,  Luke 10:40-42  “serving”

     1- the focus

          1- task,  2- obstacles,  3- people,  (spiritual and material)

     2- the fuss

          loss of : 1- purpose, 2- patience, 3- passion

     3- the force

          1- to serve, v40, an evident need,  based on others opinions

          2- to study, v42, an eternal need,  based on God’s opinion

III- the Witness

     1- evidence, Pro 20:11; Matt 7:16

     2- eye-service, Eph 6:5-8; Col 3:22-25

     3- endurance,  I Pet 2:18-20

     4- effort, I Tim 6:1; Titus 2:9-10

     5- effect, Matt 5:16

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