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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

101- Priests are Servants Of The Scriptures

 

St-Takla.org Image: The Seven Deacons: And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الشمامسة السبعة: فاختاروا استفانوس رجلا مملوا من الايمان والروح القدس وفيلبس وبروخورس ونيكانور وتيمون وبرميناس ونيقولاوس دخيلا انطاكيا

St-Takla.org Image: The Seven Deacons: And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الشمامسة السبعة: فاختاروا استفانوس رجلا مملوا من الايمان والروح القدس - فيلبس - بروخورس - نيكانور - تيمون - برميناس - نيقولاوس دخيلا انطاكيا

[9] They Are Also Servants Of The Scriptures

When the seven deacons were ordained the apostles described their apostolic service, as one of the Word of God..

(Acts 6:4) "but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word."

Here we see the importance of serving the word.

Also Saint Luke quoted the apostolic service of the word as his main role:

(Luke 1:2) just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us,

Serving the word is explained by Saint Paul as serving of the Scriptures.

(Eph 3:7) of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.

(1 Th 2:4) But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.

Serving the word is to carry on preaching and teaching.

(Mark 16:15) And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

(2 Tim 4:2-5) Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. {3} For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; {4} and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. {5} But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.


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