And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. (Acts 6:2,3)
This coming winter with the ordination of our first two elders along with our first deacon, we begin a new phase in the life of St. Roch Community Church. In denominational (PCA) lingo we will be particularizing. Another way of putting it is that we will become a self-governing church. According to the scriptures we are told that in Exodus 18 Moses heeded the wise advice of his father-in-law Jethro to ordain elders for the sake of the people as well as for Moses himself. Likewise according to the scriptures we are also told that the disciples in Acts 6 called for the ordaining of deacons for the sake of the people. With such examples, we to have begun the process of preparing men for such duties.
In entering this new phase in the life of the church we find ourselves extremely excited. It has proven to be a time in which the hand of the Lord has shown itself to be working mightily in the life of St. Roch. By raising up godly men to fill these particular rolls, we are not only greatly encouraged but are also made aware of a definite reminder that the Lord cares for and will continuously provide for his church.
Personally, with such excitement in the air it has somewhat become comparable to the excitement one feels when graduating from high school and/or the owning or purchasing of your first car. I can remember being on the verge of getting my high school diploma and the doors that would open as a result, being a cause of great joy and relief. That same feeling occurred with the purchasing of my first car (though a rather unsightly piece of machinery–a 1980 something burnt tan Skylark). Likewise with the ordaining of our first elders and deacon I am extremely looking forward to the many ways in which the Lord’s hand of care will be upon his church and the new opportunities that will come to St. Roch through such ministries.
It is my hope and prayer that such excitement will become contagious amongst not only our church and community but also amongst our brothers and sisters, such as yourselves who are affiliated with St. Roch in one way or another. Will you join with us in praying for this day as well as for these men whom the Lord is raising up for such a time as this? And in doing so, may the Lord of Glory be honored for all he is done!