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15/05/2010 / John Hanna

The Building Site

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On Sunday I did the Children’s Address at DBC and I talked about God, Overseers and Deacons in a talk called ‘The Building Site’ to help kids get to grips with these three roles.

DBC have recently opened an extension and I was able to use photos of the building process.

Three roles are needed on a building site:

  • Architect.
    • Draw up all the plan.
    • Design what the building will look like.
    • Make the building safe and strong.
  • Foremen.
    • Organize overall construction.
    • Keep people on schedule and to the architect’s plan.
    • Make sure people are doing the right things on the site, correcting people who aren’t right.
  • Builders.
    • Do tasks to help everyone.
    • Do things to the architects plan.
    • Services the building.

Three roles needed in church are a bit like a building site:

  • God.
    • Just like an architect God wrote down all his plans (Bible)
    • God doesn’t build with bricks, but he builds with living bricks.
      • 1 Pet 2:5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
      • Believers are living stones in God’s new temple (i.e., spiritual house). Since the components that make up the house are “living,” the house itself is also growing: you yourselves . . . are being built up.
    • Gods plans keep us safe and make us strong.
  • Overseers.
    • Organize overall construction.
    • Keep people on schedule and to Gods plan.
    • Make sure people are doing the right things in church, correcting people who aren’t right
      • 1 Tim. 3:1 – In Acts 20:28 Paul tells the Ephesian elders (Gk. presbyterosActs 20:17) that “the Holy Spirit has made you overseers [Gk. episkopos], to care for [Gk. poimainō, “to pastor, serve as shepherd of”] the church of God.” Peter also writes, “I exhort the elders [Gk. presbyteros] among you, as a fellow elder . . . : shepherd [Gk.poimainō, “to pastor”] the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight”
  • Deacons.
    • Do tasks to help everyone.
    • Do things to God’s plan.
    • Deacon means “servant,” so the office probably involved being responsible for various areas of service in the church.

Whenever you hear words like ‘Overseer’ or ‘Deacon’ remember that:

  • Review.
    • God is like the Architect.
    • Overseers are like Foremen.
    • Deacons are like Builders.
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