Saturday, November 24, 2007

4 Observations of the Church in Acts

Acts 6:1-3 reads
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. 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.  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.
I notice 4 things about this passage.

1. The most obvious is the Apostolic recognition of the principle that preaching God's word is a non-negotiable for those to whom such a duty is entrusted.

2. The next is that serving, especially the needy, is also a must.

3. The third is that division of labor regarding these matters was embraced.

4. But the fourth thing I notice about this is change. This early local church was doing things one way, and when something came to their attention, they changed, and began doing things a new way, according to the principles that they all agreed upon. What got them to where they were wasn't sufficient to move them forward.

QUESTION: Which of these four observations is to be emulated, if not all? Why?

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