Volume 67, Issue 1 January 2016

Volume 67, Issue 1 January 2016

Deacon Dispatch

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On the wall in my office at Memorial Hospital are a number of certificates and diplomas that are important to me. Included are a diploma from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Certificate of Ordination to the Gospel ministry, and a Certificate of Certification from Hospital Chaplains Ministry Association. Included among these significant documents is my Certificate of Ordination as a deacon from Winstanley Baptist Church. Clearly being a deacon is important to me. Here’s why. The word deacon (diakonos in the Greek) means “servant.” This word is used three times when Jesus rebuked his disciples for wanting a high rank in His kingdom. Jesus said, “Instead, whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served (diakoneo), but to serve (diakoneo), and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26b-28). If being a servant is good enough for Jesus, it certainly should be good enough for me! “There is Joy in Serving Jesus” is the title of an old Gospel song. How true it is!

Jerry Wylie