At LBC, we want to make it easy for you to jump in and worship on Sundays. We believe a big part of this is coming to Sunday service prepared! Each week, we provide the sermon text, some discussion questions, the songs we will sing, and anything else we think you need to know to prepare your heart to worship the Lord this Sunday!
This week we are returning to our series in the book of Acts!
Last Sunday, we heard of the holiness of God and his unspeakable glory.
This week, we're excited to return to our series in Acts! Our sermon text is Acts 6:1-7.
1 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. 2 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. 3 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. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.
Acts 6:7 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.
1. What is the problem in verse 1? What do the apostles see as the real problem in verse 2?
2. How are the apostles and those set apart for this particular duty alike in their ministry? How are they different?
3. How does this passage relate to the two offices in the church: pastors and deacons? (see 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1)
4. What is the end result of this "division of labor?" (v. 7)
5. How can our church apply this passage?