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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.

March 31, 2015 Friends of Israel Presents Christ In The Passover

Friends of Israel presents “Christ In The Passover”

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm
John Boggs Hall
152 Port Elizabeth – Cumberland Road
Port Elizabeth, NJ 08348
(856) 825-2258

The Passover Seder is the oldest continuous religious service conducted in the world today. Given to the Jewish people some 3,300 years ago it still has relevance. Jesus was celebrating the Passover the night of the last supper. It was the elements of the Passover that Jesus used to introduce the Christian Communion. Christians have found that a better understanding of the Passover has greatly enhanced their understanding of Communion service. The Christ in the Passover presentation has served to improve the awareness and the worship of the Communion and has built bridges of understanding between Christians and their Jewish friends and neighbors.

Our presenter will be Rev. Mitch Triestman.

Mitch Triestman is serving the Lord with the Friends of Israel Gospel ministry. Mitch received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Bible from the Philadelphia College of Bible. After ten years of serving as the Philadelphia area director for the Chosen People Ministries, he returned to school at the Biblical Theological Seminary where he received a Master’s degree in Bible.

Mitch is the author of four books, the textbook Witnessing Biblically, an evangelistic Bible study book, Abraham the Committed Christian, a collection of sermons on Bible prophecy entitled Are we there yet? and Torah, Torah, Torah, a search for all the Christological teachings in the first five books of the Scriptures; as well as a multitude of articles in magazines and journals.

Rev. Triestman has been active in the field of Jewish Evangelism for more than forty years. His experiences in the field and his study of the scriptures from a Jewish perspective have made him a fascinating teacher. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous mission conferences. His extensive studies in the areas of Biblical prophecy and in Judaica make him an intriguing lecturer at a prophecy conference or in training on the feasts of Israel and Jewish customs in the Scriptures.

A Service to Launch Our Shared Ministry & Rev. Roberts Installation

A Service to Launch Our Shared Ministry &
Rev. Brian Roberts Installation as
District Superintendent of the Cape Atlantic District.

Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 3 pm – 6 pm
Central United Methodist Church, 5 Marvin Avenue, Linwood, NJ 08221-2006

Service of Installation to launch a new season in our shared ministry as a district.  Join Bishop John Schol, Rev. Brian Roberts and others from across the district and state in a worship service to shove off into deep waters and faith-full adventure.