Disciples of Word and Deed

Disciples of Word and Deed

Should I be involved in “waiting on tables” or are there most important “ministries” to be involved in? Should we draw a distinction between “ministries of the word and prayer” and other so-called “ministries”? Acts 6 helps us wrestle with these questions. It describes a time when the apostles in the early church come up against the problem of some of the widows missing out on food during the daily ministration. By that time the church had grown so large that the apostles were no longer able to take responsibility for all the different activities and ministries of the church. They decided on a particular course of action; they would take on the special responsibility to attend to prayer and the ministry of the word and appoint others to do the table ministries. But it could be argued that this created a wedge between the ‘spiritual’ and the ‘material’. To what extent should the apostles’ actions be considered instructive for us who are Jesus’ disciples today?

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