This God-ordained Kingdom order of Elders-Servants ministering among Christ's Called-Out Ones is revealed in the Book of Acts and the Letters. The beginning of the letter to the Philippians gives clear recognition of it:
"Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
To all the Saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi,
with the Elders and Servants".
So the Elder-Overseers, Servants (and ministries of Apostles, Prophets, Shepherds and Teachers) with the other members of the Body of Christ all contribute to the building up of themselves "for the work of ministry" "for the edifying of itself in love" (Ephesians 4'12,16).
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.
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