Audio now available for March 17, 2013 - Acts 6:1-7 "Maturity and Wisdom in the Growing Community"
As chapter 6 opens we find ourselves in the middle of very effective ministry - more and more people are becoming followers of Jesus! And yet there is a problem; there is the very real potential that the followers of Jesus could become so absorbed in one aspect of ministry (caring for people) that they neglect another (preaching the Word). Out of this story emerges the reality that these 2 aspects of ministry must BOTH be kept in focus for the church to continue to grow in a healthy manner. Much wisdom is evident as the story unfolds. We see the apostles calling the people to appoint 7 men (those who were known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom) to take primary responsibility for the ministry of 'tables' (the horizontal priority) while the 12 apostles would focus their energies on prayer and the ministry of the Word (the vertical priority). Both of these aspects of ministry are thereby seen to be equally important in the life of the growing community. The lesson for us is easy to see! We too need to be constantly aware that we are hearing the Word and communicating with God through prayer, while at the same time paying attention to the horizontal priority of 'loving our neighbors as ourselves'!
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