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Besinning oor die diakonale dienswerk na aanleiding van Handelinge 6:1-7

G. Breed, D.G. Breed
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 44, No 3/4 | a165 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v44i3/4.165 | © 2010 G. Breed, D.G. Breed | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 July 2010 | Published: 25 July 2010

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G. Breed, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa
D.G. Breed, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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Reflection on diaconal service in relation to Acts 6:1-7
Acts 6 is traditionally considered as the description of the origin of the special service of deaconship. The essence and duty of diaconal service is inferred from Acts 6:1-7; it is the service responsible for the care of the poor and promotion of mutual support and love in the church. This article re-examines Acts 6. It investigates whether this text truly describes diaconal service and what it conveys about the content and essence of the seven’s service. This study shows that Acts 6 does not describe the institution of a special service (office) and that the content and essence of the special diaconal service cannot be derived from this text. Acts 6:1-7 is a description of the dynamic work of the Holy Spirit within the church, related to the difficulties that arise with service (διακονία) due to rapid growth.


Acts 6; Deacons; Diakonia


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