It is quite certain that we have the origin of the deaconship in the sixth chapter of Acts. The word for “serve” (diakoneo) in Acts 6:2 is exactly the same word that is used to designate the office of the deacon in 1 Timothy 3:10, 13; and is the verb corresponding to the noun for deacons in Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:8,12.
It is interesting and instructive to note how the first deacons received their office. They were elected by the church. The twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said. “It is not fit that we should forsake the Word of God, and serve tables. Look ye out therefore, brethren, from among you seven men of good report, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business” (Acts 6:2,3).