Holy Shift in Deacons

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Oct 7, 2018

“The longer something exist the easier it is to Shift from its original intent, meaning, or purpose.”

 First shift in the church was to even have deacons.  (Acts 6:1-4, NKJV; Acts 6:1, TLB; Acts 6:4, TLB)

  • The original intent for deacons was
    • To free pastors and leaders up so they could give themselves to prayer, teaching, and preaching.
    • To make sure all the widows were not being discriminated against.
  • The first shift was all who believed sold their possessions and laid them at the apostle’s feet. (Acts 2:44-46, NKJV; Acts 4:34-35, NKJV)
  • The church was feeding and taking care of the widows.

 Second shift was when deacons tried to become administrators instead of ministers—they lost the original intent of deacons.

  • The people no longer sold their possessions and gave them to the leaders of the church.
  • The church was growing so fast it was no longer a group of people in Jerusalem, but a movement all over the world.
  • They did not have a church manual—they did not even have a bible.
  • What started as a biblical principle in many cases turn out to be unbiblical traditions.
  • Pastors and leaders are to be equipping the people to do the work of the ministry. (Ephesians 4:11-12, NKJV)
  • The original intent of deacons was to be ministers not
  • The Holy Shift was when the church shifted from feeding the widows to allowing the government to take that position.
  • The Widows that were to be taken care of. (1 Timothy 5:3-4, NKJV; 1 Timothy 5:3-4, NLT)

Third shift was getting back to biblical principles. (Ephesians 4:11-12, NKJV)

  • Pastors are to equip members to do the work of the ministry.
  • The reason God’s blessing Journey Church in such a mighty way is because our members are doing the work of the ministry.

Insights to the Holy Shift in the church.

  • Healthy churches grow. (Acts 6:1-2, NCV)
    • Growth = Change; Change = Loss; Loss = Pain; – Growth = Pain.
  • Church growth causes problems. Acts 6:1-2, NCV
    • To determine if someone is a concerned or a complainer check the condition of their heart. (Matthew 6:21, NKJV)
    • Almost all problems are a result of unmet needs or expectations. (Acts 6:1-2, NCV; Acts 6:3-4, NCV; Acts 6:5, NCV; NKJV)


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