We believe that Jesus Christ is the chief Minister of Mercy; His goal is the complete renewal of the entire person, body and soul, in the resurrection of His people on the last day. Therefore, our exalted Lord has granted to his church the gift of deacons, as ministers of His mercy. They are to care for the practical needs of the flock, enabling the pastors “to devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:4), and encourage God’s people to endure the trials of this life with the hope of the resurrection and the present comfort that Christ has not forgotten them in their time of need or cast them off in their distress. In this way, Christ supplies His people with the spiritual solace and strength which is necessary to face life with quiet confidence and victorious assurance.