Ever wish you had paid more attention in seminary? Struggling with preparing a sermon? GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins wants to help pastors with useful resources to help them as they serve the Lord.
With more than a quarter century of pastoral leadership, Hawkins makes available some of his most popular sermon outlines for pastors, Sunday school teachers and other Bible study leaders. These free resources can help you as you prepare your sermon or lesson each week.
In addition to these sermon outlines, Hawkins offers his video Weekly Staff Meetings with insights on some of the most common issues pastors and ministers face as well as a Podcast.
The Deacon Ordination
One of the beautiful gifts the Lord gave the early church is the ministry of the deacon. In Acts 6 we find the birth of the deacon — its instigation, its initiation, its integration and its inspiration.
I. The deacon's instigation (vv. 1-2)
The instigation of the deacon was to maintain unity in the early church.
II. The deacon's initiation (v. 3)
Certain qualifications were needed to be designated as a deacon.
III. The deacon's integration (vv. 3b-4)
The deacon's primary task was serving and meeting the physical needs of the members.
IV. The deacon's inspiration (vv. 5-7)
The coming together of the pastors and the deacons inspires unity, the spreading of the gospel and the priority of the pastors giving themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word.