For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
“ He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.
And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.’
The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.
And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people.
And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel.
When he got to the stairs, he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the mob;
if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;
Now I urge you, brethren (you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves for ministry to the saints),
and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.
but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition.
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.