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The Church responsibility

Acts 6:
Acts 6:3–4 KJV 1900
Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
Apostles- Will devote themselves to prayer & the ministry of the word.
Deacons- To caring for the widows
Obedience
Submission
Ephesians 5 KJV 1900
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
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Hebrews
Hebrews 13:17 KJV 1900
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
Hebrews 13
Hebrews 13:19 KJV 1900
But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Protect and Hold him accountable
1 Timothy 5:19 KJV 1900
Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
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Protect them from gossip, but also hold them accoutable.
he is of the flesh therefore subject to failure and temptation.
they can abuse their authority.
“I have found the selection and practices of deacons in the SBC churches I have served, to conform to so-called ‘Southern Baptist polity’ rather, than the Scriptures. Most of these deacons were elected to the office as a confirmation of honor, bestowed upon them in recognition of their tithing and attendance, with little or no attention to their Scriptural qualifications. The predicable result is deacons who do not function as servants but as masters, each ruling his own little kingdom within the church
“I have found the selection and practices of deacons in the SBC churches I have served, to conform to so-called ‘Southern Baptist polity’ rather, than the Scriptures. Most of these deacons were elected to the office as a confirmation of honor, bestowed upon them in recognition of their tithing and attendance, with little or no attention to their Scriptural qualifications. The predicable result is deacons who do not function as servants but as masters, each ruling his own little kingdom within the church
Paul Meigs summarized that deacons are, “NOT
1. A church director—nor a Board of Directors.
2. Not a figurehead—but to be elected for service.
3. Not an honorary office.
4. Not a "church boss" or a "pastor’s boss."
5. Not to be chosen because of social or financial position, nor chosen in order to get him to attend services. Let him first he proven.
1 Timothy 3:10 KJV 1900
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
" 29 Describing the role of the original seven deacons, “The first responsibility of these men was to assist the pastors in the spiritual ministry of shepherding and caring for the flock and to free the pastors for the ministry of prayer
" 29 Describing the role of the originalseven deacons, “The first responsibility of these men wasto assist the pastors in the spiritual ministry ofshepherding and caring for the flock and to free the pastorsfor the ministry of prayer
Churches that follow this pattern usually demand their pastors serve as ‘deacons’ by expecting them to do the visiting and ministering. Consequently, the pastor has little time for prayer and deep Bible study. Those churches that do not make this "demand" are often tolerant of a pastor who chooses to function as a deacon because it provides a compromise, suitable to everyone involved: The deacons can rule the church with little or no interference from the pastor. The pastor is able to spend his time visiting and promoting relationships rather, than the difficult task of leading the church in sound doctrine. The members are flattered by the personal attention they receive from their pastor but are weak, stunted, anemic Christians because he does not ‘feed’ them from the pulpit. Perhaps, we Southern Baptists have too many pastors who wish to be deacons, too many deacons who wish to be elders and too many members who have no understanding of God’s requirements for deacons and pastors.” 26
Conclusion
Conclusion
Honor your leader
Hold him accountable
Promote unity
Hebrews 10:24–25 KJV 1900
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Psalm 133 KJV 1900
A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, That ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: That went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: For there the Lord commanded the blessing, Even life for evermore.
Result of a church in order and honoring God
Acts 6:7 KJV 1900
And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Acts 6:7
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