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February 21, 2021

Growing Pains: Church Structure to Lead and Love

Nick Roen (South Campus)

Sermon notes to come.

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. 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 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. 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.—Acts 6:1–7

 

Sermon Discussion Questions

Outline 

Introduction: More People, More Problems

  1. The Congregation: Diverse People Coming Together (Acts 6:1)
  2. The Elders: Devoted to the Word and Prayer (Acts 6:2–4)
  3. The Deacons: Deputized to Serve (Acts 6:2–6)

Application: More People, More Praise (Acts 6:7)

Discussion Questions

  • At the South Campus, how can we continue to put the preferences and desires of those who are different from us before our own? 
  • Do you think it is significant that the men elected to serve the Greek-speaking Jews were all Greek speaking themselves? Why or why not?
  • How does healthy church structure contribute to the spread of the gospel? How might unhealthy church structure hinder it?
  • Can you think of any needs at the South Campus that you might be able to help meet? What might that look like?

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