Tell us about: Diakonia

¶324.9.l:  Describe your understanding of diakonia, the servant ministry of the church, and the servant ministry of the provisional member.

All ministry of the church should be in support of the servant ministry of the church, “The New Testament witness to Jesus Christ makes clear that the primary form of his ministry in God’s name is that of service, diakonia, in the world.”[1] In the gospel of John, Jesus washes the feet of his disciples showing us what he desires of our leadership.  In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus lifts up the one that stops the stranger, despite the cultural and legalistic expectations to the contrary.  In the letter to the Romans, Paul calls us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice” and “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). The Biblical witness clearly calls us to walk with those that suffer and serve those we lead. I believe God’s grace draws us to servant ministry. God has given all persons the gift of unmerited grace; as we respond to God’s grace, it moves us from a place of brokenness and sin to a place of love of God and of neighbor. In response to this amazing love, we express our gratitude through service in the world, by working to bring God’s healing touch to every aspect of our lives and all of creation. “The impulse to minister always moves one beyond the congregation toward the whole human community.”[2]

All Christians, ordained and laity, are called to reach out to the needs of God’s creation in all we do. Some are gifted and called by God to appointed offices “for building up the body of Christ.”[3] These people “help to form Christian disciples in covenant community within the local congregation through spiritual formation and guidance for Christian living in the world.”[4] Ordained elders and deacons are called to lead the church through servant leadership, this is their response to God’s living grace in their lives. As a provisional member, I will live with an attitude of service and giving; remaining rooted in God’s love by staying consistent in prayer and devotion.

[1] BOD, ¶305

[2] BOD, ¶129

[3] BOD, ¶133

[4] BOD, ¶134

You will find and introduction to my BOM theological paperwork here: Doctrinal Exam

Leave a Reply