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Household Ministers 191

Leader Deacon Bishop or Elder

Palms of HandsJesus' Chief Ministers were those chosen for office in the extended household as bishops (or elders), priests (or pastors) and deacons (or servants). Ministers often suffered for the sake of their flocks. Their ministry is analogous to the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands in the human body. These are areas of the body which make first contact with a needy world. The chief ministers therefore received the splinters and cuts, the blisters and the soreness. Jesus' hands, feet and side were pierced. It was therefore felt appropriate that his ministers should follow his example of suffering. In both the Christian and the Jewish traditions, the extended household rather than the church or synagogue was the center of religious life. Joshua was remembered in his time for his dedication to his household in Joshua 24.15, "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." The New Testament Church and Early Church both identified the extended Christian family as the basic worshipping unit.✞

Corporate Integrity of Homes

FoundationBilly Graham writes for our generation, "the foundations of civilization are no stronger and no more enduring than the corporate integrity of the homes on which they rest. If the home deteriorates, civilization will crumble and fall." The Christian Church and Western Civilization have always had the Christian home as its basic foundational unit, we have just forgotten that it was there.✞

"Jesus Chief Ministers"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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