Putting God's Word into Practice…

Acts 6:1-7 Order in the Church

on June 26, 2012

~~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 wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.  But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose (seven)…These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.  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.~~

Being married to a pastor, this passage hit home with me.  First, more people equals more opportunities for complaining due to needs being overlooked.  Even at the beginning there were people in the faith who were concerned with their needs more than the message of the gospel going forth.  In many churches today, the pastor is pulled in so many directions that their primary responsibilities–praying and spiritually feeding the people–are exchanged for those that meet the physical needs of their congregation.  IT IS NOT RIGHT!  God has called them to pray and preach!  It is good for there to be other leaders in the church whose main responsibility is meeting the physical needs of the congregation. Not just anyone can fulfill this function either, but men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom.  The role of leaders in the church is to meet the needs of the people to protect the pastor!  

This order in the church has exceptional results.  Look at verse 7!  “The word of God continued to increase and the number of disciples multiplied greatly.”  Maybe the reason we don’t see so much fruit in our churches today is because the pastor doesn’t have enough time for prayer and preaching.  When we are obedient to God’s plan, He empowers us to fulfill the great commission that He gave to us–to go and make disciples!

What can we do with this:

  1. If you are a church leader-protect your pastor, wisely meet the physical needs of the people, and operate in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  2. If you are not a church leader-pray for your church leaders and your pastor.
  3. If you are a complainer–take your eyes off your needs that you don’t think are being met and get to work helping others.
  4. If you are a pastor–devote yourself to prayer and preaching!

2 responses to “Acts 6:1-7 Order in the Church

  1. Amber says:

    It is so awesome how God works! He just led me to pray about this very thing this morning. Our pastors job is to feed us richly with the word of God so that we will go out Strong and equipped to Be salt and light. Shame on any of us who have ever distracted him from this calling and great responsibility.

  2. Sometimes I’m his biggest distraction!

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