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Kingdom Servants

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“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve," Matthew 20'28.

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“... those who have served well as Servants

obtain for themselves a good standing

and great boldness in the faith

which is in Christ Jesus,” 1 Timothy 3’13.

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Jesus' example has a lot to do with serving. The Greek word for serve is douleuo (pronounced dool-yoo’-o) and basically refers to slavery.

And, as with everything Jesus touches, serving is different in this way:

"For you, brethren, have been called to liberty;

only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh,

but through love serve one another," Galatians 5'13.

Christ has made us completely free and it is in this freedom that we are to serve - as He did, not taking advantage of anyone.

Kingdom Servants are Believers who have put themselves forward for appointment to serve in specific ways in the Body of Christ.

They serve in tandem with the Overseeing Elders who minister among the Called-Out Ones.

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The first example of Servants being appointed was in the early days of the Body of Christ. Until then the ministry of Servants was not thought of.

An issue arose that required an extension to the Kingdom order and called for the attention of the foundational 12 Apostle-Elders.

But they were fully occupied and were being pushed to their limits as marvellous things were happening and something had to be done.

Here's how it was:

"... great grace was upon them all.

Nor was there anyone among them who lacked;

for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them,

and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold,

and laid them at the apostles’ feet;

and they distributed to each as anyone had need,"

Acts 4'33-35.

The Apostles were ministering to the Believers and unsaved Jews and at the same time they were being confronted and sometimes imprisoned.

The situation that brought everything to a head was:

“... when the number of the disciples was multiplying there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.

Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.

Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;

but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word," Acts 6’1-4.

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