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In die Skriflig

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In Skriflig (Online) vol.44 n.3-4 Cape Town Jan. 2010

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

Besinning oor die diakonale dienswerk na aanleiding van Handelinge 6:1-7

 

Reflection on diaconal service in relation to Acts 6:1-7

 

 

G. Breed; D.G. Breed

Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, POTCHEFSTROOM. E-pos: gert.breed@nwu.ac.za dbreed@telkomsa.net

 

 


OPSOMMING

Handelinge 6 word tradisioneel beskou as die beskrywing van die ontstaan van die besondere diens van die diaken. Uit Handelinge 6:1-7 word gewoonlik die wese en die taak van diakonale dienswerk afgelei, naamlik dat dit 'n diens is wat die versorging van die armes in die gemeente behartig en die onderlinge meelewing en liefde moet bevorder. In hierdie artikel word Handelinge 6 opnuut ondersoek. Daar word ondersoek ingestel of die gedeelte inderdaad die ontstaan van die diakonale diens beskryf en wat dit sê oor die inhoud en wese van die sewe se dienswerk. Uit die ondersoek word dit duidelik dat Handelinge 6 nie die instelling van 'n nuwe besondere diens (amp) beskryf nie en dat die inhoud en wese van die besondere diakonale diens nie hieruit afgelei kan word nie. Handelinge 6:1-7 beskryf eerderdie dinamiese werking van die Heilige Gees binne 'n gemeente waarin daar weens die vinnige groei probleme ontstaan ten opsigte van die bedieningswerk (διακονία).

Kernbegrippe: diakens, diakonia, Handelinge 6


ABSTRACT

Acts 6 is traditionally considered as the description of the origin of the special service of deaconship. The essence and duty of diaconal service is inferred from Acts 6:1-7; it is the service responsible for the care of the poor and promotion of mutual support and love in the church. This article re-examines Acts 6. It investigates whether this text truly describes diaconal service and what it conveys about the content and essence of the seven's service. This study shows that Acts 6 does not describe the institution of a special service (office) and that the content and essence of the special diaconal service cannot be derived from this text. Acts 6:1-7 is a description of the dynamic work of the Holy Spirit within the church, related to the difficulties that arise with service (StaKovia) due to rapid growth.

Key concepts: Acts 6, deacons, diakonia


 

 

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