A few good men

By now you’ve received your deacon nomination form for this year. We’d like to ask you to take the month of October and prayerfully consider the men you will nominate to serve as deacon in 2020-2021.

What makes for a good deacon?

We find the first mention of deacons in Acts 6:1-7. At this point several years have gone by since the birth of the church. Three thousand believers came to Christ on the day of Pentecost, and as the church “devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers . . . the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:42, 47). The church was exploding in numbers. Revival was taking hold of the city. Another mass conversion takes place in Acts 4:4. Peter and John had just healed a lame man in the temple, and the result of their gospel preaching was observed when “those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.”

People all over Jerusalem and Judea were coming to Christ in droves. Thousands of believers were now joined in faith, and the message of the gospel was expanding like wildfire. Jews and devout Greeks were worshipping together, breaking bread together, praying together, and sharing resources with one another. But the growing numbers of converts made “Watchcare” ministry a nightmare. How could the apostles keep