Category Archives: Bible Study

From the Old Testament to the New Testament.

Abilities and Limitations (Acts 6:2-7)

Abilities and Limitations (Acts 6:2-7)

  • What would happen if you tried to work every hour of every day?
  • Share a time when you worked with a group of people who cooperated well together.

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.


These verses explain one of the ways that the believers in Acts organized their efforts. They worked together to form a system. It wasn’t chaotic. They didn’t waste energy, time or resources. They wanted to work efficiently for God.

They recognized their own abilities and their own limitations. They didn’t run around trying to do everything at once. They didn’t try to do more than they could do, and they worked hard at what they could do. As a result, the church grew, and more and more people came to know Jesus.

Believers today also need to share responsibilities. No one can do it all. And everyone should be doing something. We need to prayerfully consider where our abilities best fit into God’s work. We need to ask God to assign us to tasks that will allow us to best serve him. And as a result, the Word of God will spread.

Dear God, please help us to know and use the abilities you have given us. Please also help us to know our own limitations. Amen.


From “Once-A-Day At the Table Family Devotional: 365 Daily Readings and conversation starters for your family” (2012)
Christopher D. Hudson

With Acts 6:4-6 added


Acts 6:1 – A concern and need was brought forth.
Acts 6:2 – Gathering in corporate prayer and raised concerns that “you can’t do it all.”
Acts 6:3 – A decision to choose workers.
Acts 6:4 – Focus on prayer.
Acts 6:5 – Cooperation and presentation of those chosen from their congregation to do the job.
Acts 6:6 – Those willing to do the job were prayed over.
Acts 6:7 – Word of God spread and obedience to faith.

2015 Lenten Bible Study

All are welcome to our Bible Study on Lenten themes in Daniel.

It will be held on Tuesdays at 11 am and at 7 pm in John Boggs Hall.
The dates are February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24.

No one will be called upon by name to read out loud or pray out loud.
Participation is voluntary, and interaction is welcome.

Pastor Phil’s Summer Bible Studies 2014

Pastor Phil is starting Summer Bible Study on Tuesday Morning and Tuesday Evening.

10:00am to 11:15am at Cumberland UMC
5218 Route 49; Millville, NJ 08332
Topic: “5 Truths that Make or Break a Personal Relationship with God”
July 1, 8, 15 and August 5, 19, 26.

7:00pm to 8:15pm at Port Elizabeth UMC
152 Port Elizabeth-Cumberland Road; Port Elizabeth, NJ 08348
Topic: “When we study the Bible, what is supposed to happen to us?”
Subsequent sessions may offer study formats that can be used on one’s own daily personal study.
July 1, 8, 15 and August 19, 26.

Both Bible Studies are open to everyone.

Pastor Phil Pelphrey is the continuing Pastor at Cumberland UMC and new Pastor at Port Elizabeth UMC.

Pastor Philip Pelphrey appointed to Port Elizabeth UMC – July 1, 2014

Pastor Phillip PelphreyWe welcome Pastor Philip Pelphrey as Pastor here at Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church, Port Elizabeth, NJ effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014. He will serve our church in addition to his current appointment at Cumberland United Methodist Church, Millville, NJ.

Philip Pelphrey was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in a God-centered Christian family. At age 7 having been moved by God’s grace, Phil responded to a gospel altar call, and began to consciously trust Jesus as his Savior and Lord. As early as age 9, he began to teach younger children about Jesus through a creative puppet show. Having served the church in a pastoral role for over 28 years, he has by God’s grace equipped many lay people to effectively share their faith and in turn disciple others.

Pastor Phil will be leading his first Bible Study here on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:00pm.

On Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 11:00am, Pastor Phil will be administering Communion.
After the Sunday Service we will hold a welcome luncheon for Pastor Phil in John Boggs Hall.

New Bible Study Coming, “Not A Fan”

Are you a fan or a follower?

Fans sit on the sideline, followers join in the game.  Learn just what it cost to become a dedicated follower of Jesus.  Not just content to sit on the sidelines, but to be truly engaged.