The Servant Ministry Of The Member

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l) Describe your understanding of diakonia, the servant ministry of the church, and the servant ministry of the provisional member.

Every believers is called to active participation in the missio dei as servants, or making earth as is in heaven. We have a very real Eschatological hope and expectation, which causes us as the church to engage the lost and pursue those in darkness in anticipation for that day. We await the “fulfillment of God’s universal love, justice, and peace on earth as in heaven,” and act as forerunners, similar to John the Baptist, preparing the way of the Lord and acting as emissaries of His Kingdom which is coming. The Bible describes us as servants who are, “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” The Discipline also agrees that servant ministry both a holy privilege and obligation. It is our privilege as believers to serve others as Christ has served us, and is our obligation to live as he commanded us, which hinges on love based service to our neighbors.
The book of Ephesians lays out that some are given as leaders to the Church. In our modern context when these individuals heed the call and are confirmed by their local church body, can serve as an ordained minister in the office of elder or deacon in the UMC. This tradition of identifying spiritual gifts and calling can be identified as far back as the church of Acts.
Taking a look at diakonia, it seems the origin of this word is…

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