Mercy Street Church of Christ
Abilene, TX
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Ministers Both Of God And Of The State

Ministers both of God and of the state...
If we are seeking to develop a balanced biblical
understanding of the state, central to it will be the
truths that the state's authority and ministry are both
given to it by God. Moreover, in writing about the
ministry of the state, Paul twice uses the very same word
which he has used elsewhere of the ministers of the church,
namely *diakonoi* (although the third time he uses
*leitourgoi*, a term which usually meant 'priests' but
could mean 'public servants') ... *diakonia* is a generic
term which can embrace a wide variety of ministries. Those
who serve the state as legislators, civil servants,
magistrates, police, social workers or tax collectors are
just as much 'ministers of God' as those who serve the
church as pastors, teachers, evangelists or administrators.

grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, I'm Stan Baldwin.



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