John Stott on Acts 6:5-6

In his book Living Church John Stott writes regarding Acts 6:5-6:

A vital principle is embedded in this incident, which the church urgently needs to re-learn in every generation, namely that “everybody cannot do everything.”  Indeed, everybody is not called to do everything.  Or let me express this principle in three positive statements:

  1. God calls all his people to ministry (diakonia).
  2. God calls different people to different ministries.
  3. God expects those called to the ministry of the word to concentrate on their calling and on no accunt to allow themselves to be distracted by social administration. 

So, I have a question, how do you all think about his last point?  Are there some called to the ministry of the word and that if they are that should be their only focus?  This basically affirms the role of the preaching pastor/elder and that others could or should focus on the social ministries of the church so the teachers can focus on theirs. 

What say you?

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2 responses to “John Stott on Acts 6:5-6

  1. Brian, I started to read this book last summer, when going to Albania to teach youth about the Church. I never came to this part. I will go read now.

    As for the ministry of the Word, I think we have neglected the seriousness of this. We tend not to look into it so much, we don’t fast like we should, and we don’t pray like we should. All this, because we have a lot of other things to do. And many of us are busy collecting treasures here on earth, that one day will fade and burn.

    A short thought on a glorious day. God’s grace is amazing. Let us preach with boldness and passion and filled with power from above. Let us yield to the Holy Spirit, and let him thrive us into preaching with clearity, humility, and let him bring signs and wonders to testify the pure gospel.

    God bless.

  2. I think it’s a case by case thing. In my home church our head pastor does by far the majority of the preaching, but he’s also very involved socially. Out church is pretty involved in the community (in various ways), and I could see him giving the preaching role over to someone else and focusing all his time on the social aspect. Should he choose one or the other? I don’t know. I will say it gives his preaching more authority with me (and probably others) that preaching IS NOT all the he does, and that he’s out there “in the dirt” also.

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