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Servant Leadership (Acts 6:1~7)
1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian 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.
3 Brothers, 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."
5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
Efficient and Effective (6:1–4)
As the number of disciples increase, problems arise between the local Hebraic believers who speak Aramaic and Hebrew and the Hellenistic believers who are from other areas and are more fluent in Greek. The latter complain that their widows are being overlooked in the distribution of food, possibly because of cultural and linguistic differences. In an effort to address this problem, the twelve apostles ask the disciples to choose seven wise, Spirit-filled men who can take charge of the food distribution so that they can spend more time focusing on prayer and the ministry of the Word. The leaders are not trying to avoid a certain responsibility. Rather, they are trying to do what is most efficient and effective for the church.
- How effective and efficient is your church? How can you help serve the church so that no one is overlooked?
The Church Grows (6:5–7)
Everyone is pleased with the apostles’ proposal, so the Hellenistic believers choose seven Greek-speaking men. They present them to the apostles, who lay hands on the men and pray for them, commissioning them in their new responsibility of overseeing the distribution of food. Because the apostles are now able to focus their time and energy on the ministry of the Word, the Gospel spreads rapidly throughout Jerusalem. The number of disciples continues to grow, and even many temple priests become followers of Jesus. When everyone works together to do their part and serve the Lord, the Gospel can spread rapidly, and the body of Christ can grow. May we be diligent in serving the Lord and serving others, for we will see the fruit of our labor.
- Are you constantly critical about everything, or do you choose to be a solution to the problem? Consider what needs to be done in your church, and be supportive of your pastor or leader.
A letter to God
Lord, thank you that we are called to serve one another in love. Help me and my church to be efficient and effective so that even more people will hear the Gospel and draw near to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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