teaching and carrying into effect the rules imposed by Christ and the decisions of the church in accordance with those rules.
Dexter, Congregationalism, 115, 155, 157 ? ?The Governor of New York suggests to the Legislature such and such enactment and then executes such laws as they please to pass. He is chief ruler of the State, while the Legislature adopts or rejects what he proposes.? So the pastor?s functions are not legislative but executive. Christ is the only lawgiver. In fulfilling this office, the manner and spirit of the pastor?s work are of as great importance as are correctness of judgment and faithfulness to Christ?s law. ?The young man who cannot distinguish the wolves from the dogs should not think of becoming a shepherd.? Gregory Nazianzen: ?Either teach none, or let your life teach too.? See Harvey, The Pastor; Wayland, Apostolic Ministry; Jacob, Ecclesiastical Polity of N. T., 99; Samson, in Madison Avenue Lectures, 261-288.
(b) The deacon is helper to the pastor and the church, in both spiritual and temporal things.
First, relieving the pastor of external labors, informing him of the condition and wants of the church and forming a bond of union between pastor and people.
<440601> Acts 6:1-6 ? ?Now in these days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a murmuring of the Grecian Jews against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. And the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not fit that we should forsake the word of God, and serve tables. Look ye out therefore, brethren, from among you seven men of good report, full of the Spirit and of wisdom and those who we may appoint over this business. But we will continue steadfastly in prayer, and in the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus a proselyte of Antioch; whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands upon them?; cf. 8-20 ? where Stephen shows power in disputation; <451207>Romans 12:7 ? ?or ministry [ diakoni>an ], let us give ourselves to our ministry?; <461228>1 Corinthians 12:28 ? ?helps? ? here ajntilh>yeiv , ?helps,? indicating the duties of deacons, are the counterpart of kubernh>seiv , ?governments,? which designate the duties of the pastor; <500101>Philippians 1:1 ? ?bishops and deacons.?
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