The Office of Deacon Instituted

Because our church is in the process of choosing out deacons, I am preaching a series of three messages on the office of deacon.  The first is from Acts 6:1-6, where the office of deacon is instituted, because the apostles were overburdened with the duties of preaching the word and handling the charity of the church.  Certain qualifications are sketched out, and the passage also plainly sets out that these officers are chosen by the congregation, rather than being unilaterally appointed by the elders.

There is one mistake in the message.  Speaking of Stephen, who was one of the first deacons, I stated that there was no evidence in the scripture that he worked miracles, which statement is refuted by verse 8.  I take responsibility for the mistake, and hope it will be overlooked and forgiven by the listeners.