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Overview THE NEW TESTAMENT DEACON My heartfelt burden is to help deacons get out of the boardroom or the building-maintenance mentality and into the people-serving mentality. Deacons, as the New Testament teaches and as some of the sixteenth-century reformers discovered, are to be involved in a compassionate ministry of caring for the poor and needy. The deacons' ministry, therefore, is one that no Christ-centered, New Testament church can ever afford to neglect. Christians today must understand the absolute necessity for and vital importance of New Testament deacons to the local church so that the needy, poor, and suffering of our churches are cared for in a thoroughly Christian manner. This is a matter dear to the heart of God.
Publishers Description Deacons, as the New Testament teaches are to be involved in a compassionate ministry of caring for the poor and needy. The deacons' ministry, therefore, is one that no Christ--centered, New Testament church can ever afford to neglect.
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Studio: Lewis & Roth Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1993
Publisher LEWIS & ROTH #1217
ISBN 0936083077 ISBN13 9780936083070
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More About Alexander Strauch
Strauch has been a teacher and an elder at Littleton Bible Chapel for the past 25 years.
Alexander Strauch currently resides in Littleton, in the state of Colorado. Alexander Strauch was born in 1944.
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Great Insight Feb 24, 2007
Although I thought he could have saved a chapter or two by not rehashing some points he already made, I believe this is as close to the mark as you can get. I think it should be a "must read" for all churches - especially church planters. Get off on the right foot.
The best deacon book available Jan 12, 2007
There are nine books about deacons on my bookshelf. This is the best of the bunch. Strauch starts at the right place--in the Book of Acts. He goes back to the foundations of the church and builds his arguments from there.
Upon this foundation, Strauch then goes on to discuss the calling and work of the deacon, how it differs from that of the elder, and what qualifies a man to serve.
Most of all, I appreciate his emphasis on mercy and service. Too often, deacons get wrapped up in the budget and the building--because those aren't as difficult as people.
But deacons are called to serve people: widows and orphans. We must love the forgotten and thereby reveal Christ's compassion to them in the midst of their hurting. This book will get your deaconate moving in that direction.
Deacon's Jul 15, 2004
This book tells what role deacon's should play in church leadership. I think it is a valuable book that every Christian should read.
Great to use for a deacon's study--overstates case sometimes Jul 3, 2002
Overall, this is a great biblical study dealing with all the passages which address deacons. Strauch stresses the importance of deacons and the need for biblically functioning deacons in any New Testament church. I recommend it for any pastor wanting to train deacons.
There are 3 criticisms that I have and anyone who uses the book should be aware of them.
1. Based on the Acts 6 passage, Strauch seems to limit the realm of the deacon to ministering to the poor and needy. It seems that the thrust of Acts 6 is the the deacons really ministered by taking some of the load off of the apostles--in this case it happened to involve ministry to the poor. In modern times, it might involve a whole range of issues that need to be done to free up the elders in a local church.
2. His decisions on when the term "deacon" ("servant") is technical or not seems to depend on preconcieved notions without much discussion.
3. His discussion of the possibility of women deacons seems weak. On one hand he stresses that deacons do not occupy positions of authority (which are reserved for elders) yet on the other seems to indicate that women should not be deacons since they indeed do have authority in the church.
Still, I think any evangelical pastor can use this work personally or in a group setting to much benefit.
Biblical deaconship explained. Jun 15, 2000
This is a good book on the scriptual history and authority of the early church deacons. Through the example of scripture, this book lays out why the early church needed deacons. Be prepared to be challenged and to examine your self in light of the biblical qualifications of deaconship.