2012-03-09 - A Simple Ordination Explaination
A few months ago my home church ordained a couple of new deacons. As the student pastor, I was asked to explain the service to the children. I think the explanation even helped some of the adults so for what it's worth I am presenting it as this week's thoughts.
How many of you have ever seen a relay race? I'm sure you know that a runner must be given the baton before he can start his journey.
During an ordination service, those who are already ordained pastors and deacons pray with a new preacher or deacon and lay hands on that person as a way of passing the baton from one runner to another. In this way, generation after generation, we are all connected to each other, to the early church, and even to the original Apostles who apparently practiced this tradition.
Paul speaks of it to Timothy in a couple places ...
2 Timothy 1:6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
Paul laid hands on Timothy probably when he became an elder or pastor of the church or perhaps as early as when he accompanied Paul on his missionary journeys.
First Timothy 5:22 says, "Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure." The thought here is not so much in cautioning the physical action of laying on of hands but to urge care in bestowing the responsibility of spiritual leadership (however it is done). It is not to be done "suddenly" or without due consideration.
The men being ordained as deacons today have been members of the church for a while. Our pastor and the deacons talked with these men to verify that they qualified according to the guidelines in the Bible. The church also voted and believed both men to be worthy of this position.
They are being ordained today to continue the journey of church leadership that began many years ago and will continue until Jesus returns.