Friday, December 7, 2007

Journey Through Acts (Acts 6)

Read - Acts 6

My Key Verse - Acts 6:2-4 So the Twelve called a meeting of the disciples. They said, “It wouldn’t be right for us to abandon our responsibilities for preaching and teaching the Word of God to help with the care of the poor. So, friends, choose seven men from among you whom everyone trusts, men full of the Holy Spirit and good sense, and we’ll assign them this task. Meanwhile, we’ll stick to our assigned tasks of prayer and speaking God’s Word.”

My Reflection - Imagine some pastors today going to say that to their congregation. This is such a valuable word for us today. As the church grew the disciples, now apostles, delegated leadership to others.

This is such a valuable example to us. Praying and teaching the Word of God is a high priority for today's pastor and many of the other tasks and ministry jobs should be filled with people from within the congregation. They had an easy list:

1) Do you trust them?
2) Are they filled with the Holy Spirit?
3) Do they have basic good common sense?

I think often we create barriers to serving in ministry...although some of these barriers sound good, it almost makes it impossible for volunteers.

BUT, when the apostles delegated and the people responded, what was the result? Acts 6:7 The Word of God prospered. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased dramatically.

My Prayer - Lord, help me to have the wisdom to delegate to the right people and the constitution to stay focused on the important task of communicating your Word.

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