It's Thursday, September 21st, 2017. Is this section of Scripture, we see "growing pains" challenging the Church of Jesus for the very first time. See how the Apostles handled the situation; a true model for Christian Churches today!!! - Chris Adomanis
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever been dissatisfied with something at church? How did you resolve your issue?
_ What is the role of an elder at a church? What is the role of a deacon? How are they different? How are they the same?
Heavenly Father, we are called and we gladly serve you in response to the love and mercy you have shown us through the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus. Please use me how you see fit in carrying out your plan of redemption while I am here on Earth. Amen.
DISCOVER [Acts 6:1-7]
Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to
this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. 7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_ In verse 1, what is the issue and what caused it?
_ In verses 2-4, how did the Apostles handle the issue? Do you think they were they belittling "serving"? Why or why not?
_ In verses 5-6, how did the congregation respond? What do you notice about the people chosen to serve and why would this be important?
_ In verse 7, do you think there was a correlation between the actions of the Apostles on this issue and the increase in people "coming to Christ"?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Read Philippians 2:3-4. Are there areas of your life where you are selfish (with time? money?) What can you do this week to "repent and obey"?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Who in your life TODAY is the Lord prompting you to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
_ Do you have someone in your life TODAY that challenges you (and you challenge back) to be an effective witness for Christ?