I. Recognize and resolve barriers to growth, Acts 6:1-2.
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. [Acts 6:1-2, NIV]
A. Even though a church grows, some members grumble, 6:1.
[What were some external or internal reasons in the early church?]
B. Church leaders respond with agility, 6:2.
[What did church leaders do? What did they identify as their spiritual priorities? Why were those activities beneficial to the church’s health?]
II. Seek and share solutions to the church family, Acts 6:3-6.
3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” [Acts 6:3-4, NIV]
A. Recommendation: Allow ministry team leaders to focus on doing their ministries, 6:3-4.
[What are some criteria for ministry team leaders? See 1 Timothy 3:8-12.]
B. The congregation approves the idea and nominates people for ministry, 6:5-6.
[How can the church family bless the ministry team leaders?]
III. Promote and pursue growth of the church family, Acts 6:7.
7 The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith. [Acts 6:7, NASB]
A. Anticipate growth as the Word of God spreads, 6:7a.
B. More people become disciples, 6:7b. [What are some reasons for change?]
Reach others with a clear message of eternal life and help them grow in the grace of Christ.
Share the blessing of ministering to others!
Recognize current lay ministry leaders that are already serving. Let them serve from their strengths and gifts!