By John N Collins

This is often the 1st finished learn of the Greek observe ''diakonia,'' from which the notice ''deacon'' is derived. Diakonia and its cognates seem often through the New testomony, yet its detailed that means has lengthy been disputed. this day, it's always translated ''service'' or ''ministry.'' As Collins indicates, this figuring out of diakonia has been vital to the improvement of a latest consensus concerning the nature of Christian ministry. in response to the knowledge that diakonia is ''service'' and that the diakonos (deacon) is a ''servant,'' approximately all Christian our bodies this day agree that the vital suggestion of ministry is that of assisting the needy, and that the ''servant'' church can be humbly dedicated to supporting the area, after the version of Jesus. Collins conducts an exhaustive examine of diakonia in Christian and non-Christian resources from approximately 2 hundred BCE to 2 hundred CE. He reveals that during all such resources the note is used to intend ''messenger'' or ''emissary,'' and has no implications of humility or of assisting the needy. This discovery undermines a lot of the theological dialogue of ministry that has taken position over the last fifty years.

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