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Acts 6:1-7 is the beginning of a division of labor in the leadership of the church.  Later there would be an even further division of labor among elders between the ruling elders and the teaching elders.  Elders provide servant leadership with respect to word gifts and deacons provide servant leadership with respect to deed gifts.  And most members major in one or the other: word or deed.  What we must all realize is that serving with your hands (deed) can be Spirit-filled service just as prayer and the service of the Word.  And we should all appreciate that just as serving with your hands can be hard work, so too is prayer and the service of the Word.  And when everyone is contributing their gifts, we have the right conditions for growth.

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