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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.

Prayer
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.

Stop Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. The United Nations (U.N.) Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines human trafficking as the recruiting, transporting and harboring of persons by use of threat, force or deception for the purpose of exploitation. Traffickers take advantage of vulnerable persons with false promises or physical abduction, forcing them into contract slavery, forced labor and sexual trafficking.

It occurs globally and locally.

Check the following links to see how you can help.
http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/human-trafficking

http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/what-we-do/service-and-advocacy/mission-focus-issues/human-trafficking/intercept/htbulletininsert.aspx

H.O.P.E Summer Session begins July 8, 2014

The Summer Session of H.O.P.E.
(Helping Other People Evolve)
Begins Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Port Elizabeth UMC in John Boggs Hall152 Port Elizabeth – Cumberland Road
Port Elizabeth, NJ 08348

The mission of H.O.P.E. is to assist recently widowed persons of all ages in evolving through the natural stages of grief by giving support and encouragement for the future, by providing essential information, and by helping them to set and achieve new goals for living.

H.O.P.E. meets weekly, in four 10 week sessions throughout the year.

Summer Session Schedule:
Week 1: July 8, 2014
Week 2: July 15, 2014
Week 3: July 22, 2014
Week 4: July 29, 2014
Week 5: August 5, 2014
Week 6: August 12, 2014
Week 7: August 19, 2014
Week 8: August 26, 2014
Week 9: September 2, 2014
Week 10: September 9, 2014

General information about H.O.P.E. can be found on their website:
http://www.hopesnj.org/index.html

GNJ Sandy Relief Fund

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall just south of Atlantic City and impacted New Jersey. In addition to that, New Jersey was hit by a nor’easter on November 7, 2012.

The GNJ Sandy Relief Fund has been established to raise funds to repair homes of the elderly and low income residents in our communities, as well as to repair parsonages and church buildings. Churches have sustained damage and many in our communities that have been flooded do not have flood insurance. We will need to raise millions of dollars to assist with these relief efforts and that will only happen with your help.

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