The God-ordained Elders-Servants partnership is Kingdom (that is, God's way of doing things) and is the background throughout Acts 2'1 to Revelation 3'22.

The letter to the Philippians gives clear recognition of it:

"Paul and Timothy, bond servants of Jesus Christ,

To all the Saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi,

with the Elders and Servants".


As with Elder-Overseers, God's Servants are to be of a kind. 1 Timothy 3’8-15 says:

“Likewise Servants must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,

holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.

But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as servants, being found blameless.

Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

Let servants be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

For those who have served well as servants obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly;

but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God”.

Stephen and Philip, two of the first seven Servants appointed in Acts 6, are notable for the references to them elsewhere in Acts.

They ministered in "great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus".


Prayer. Thank you, Father, for Kingdom order. Each Saint having gifts and ministries for the profit of the whole Body.

Restore your Kingdom order Lord, for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.