HOME GUIDE | JULY 26,2020
SUMMARY | Church on mission Assigns ministry opportunities to mature disciples (Acts 6:1-7).
The Choosing of the Seven
6 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
Have you ever sat at the dinner table with some church friends only to find yourselves discussing 'church' practices that didn't seem fair? Did you find a solution?
This type of discussion is typical when multiple family units gather. We all come to the table with different backgrounds and points of view that create different expectations. In Acts 6, we discover a tension between the Hellenistic Jews (Greek Speaking) and the Hebraic Jews (Hebrew Speaking). The issue at hand, some of the widows were not receiving the daily distribution of food. It was apparent the Apostles’ time was overextended between serving, praying, and teaching. Take a few moments to read Acts 6:1-7 to see how they handled the problem before them. Use the discussion questions to guide the conversation.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS |
BONUS | As the church matures, Paul set forth some guidelines in 1 Timothy 5:9 that help define a widow in need. These guidelines helped keep the burden to the church, focused on people who were really in need.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS | Family Activity for the summer
[Children - Adults] For several weeks now we have encouraged a family prayer board. How is that going? Here is what that looks like: Find a blank piece of paper or a whiteboard, go around the room asking about any concerns or thanksgivings before a time of Prayer. Leave this paper where you can see it all week, discuss them everyday and see where God might be working in them. [Deu 6]
Additional Resource | Mission and Vision of the West Side Church of Christ: https://www.westsidear.org/mission-and-vision.html