Barnabas, “son of consolation” (Acts 4:36)., a person Luke described as “a good man” (11:24), was chosen and sent by the Jerusalem church to investigate the mixed congregation of Jews and Gentiles in Syrian Antioch.
Jesus once asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am” (Matt 16:13)? Who was Jesus anyway? Most people of His day viewed Him as some sort of prophet (John
Most of us live hurried lives. We are hard pressed at work, at home, and at church to accomplish more than a twenty-four hour day seems to allow. The demands are overwhelming. In fact, full
“Anglicized form of the Greek word diaconos, meaning a “runner,” “messenger, “servant.” For a long period a feeling of mutual” “jealousy had existed between the “Hebrews,” or Jews proper, who” “spoke the sacred language of palestine, and the “Hellenists,” or” “Jews of the Grecian speech, who had adopted the Grecian” “language, and read the Septuagint version of the Bible instead” of the Hebrew. This jealousy early appeared in the Christian community. It was alleged by the Hellenists that their widows were overlooked in the daily distribution of alms. This spirit must be checked. The apostles accordingly advised the disciples “to look out for seven men of good report, full of the Holy” “Ghost, and men of practical wisdom, who should take entire” “charge of this distribution, leaving them free to devote” themselves entirely to the spiritual functions of their office “(Acts 6:1-6). This was accordingly done. Seven men were chosen,” who appear from their names to have been Hellenists. The name deacon is nowhere applied to them in the New Testament; they “are simply called “the seven” (21:8). Their office was at first” “secular, but it afterwards became also spiritual; for among” “other qualifications they must also be “apt to teach” (1 Tim. 3:” “8-12). Both Philip and Stephen, who were of “the seven,” “preached; they did “the work of evangelists.”
“Rom. 16:1, 3, 12; Phil. 4:2, 3; 1 Tim. 3:11; 5:9, 10; Titus 2:3,” 4). In these passages it is evident that females were then engaged in various Christian ministrations. Pliny makes mention of them also in his letter to Trajan (A.D. 110).
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