Kerk Lewe – Jean Symons – 15 September 2019

This morning we will be looking at the Book of Acts, specifically chapter six.

We see from Acts 6 that it is important to serve people. Some are called to preach but the majority of Christians are called to serve each other. People are influenced by our positive attitude and service to them. We will find true fulfilment in our lives when we discover God’s place for us in the church.

We need to careful not to do too much too fast…when there is too much momentum, things can turn catastrophic.

Acts 6:1 – Now about this time, when the number of disciples was increasing, a complaint was made by the Hellenists (Greek-speaking Jews) against the [native] Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.

The moment God starts a good work in our lives, we can be sure that the enemy will be there to sabotage it. The greatest problems we encounter are difference between race and social status. God does not desire to grow the church on His own. He longs to use each one of us to work with Him to grow the Church. The impact that relationships have is not found in the church but rather outside the church.

We need to look at the real problems we encounter and then seek a solution.

Acts 6:2 – So the Twelve called the disciples together and said, “It is not appropriate for us to neglect [teaching] the word of God in order to serve tables and manage the distribution of food.

Acts 6:3 – Therefore, brothers, choose from among you seven men with good reputations [men of godly character and moral integrity], full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.

It is the vision of the church to mobilize people to fulfil the mission of the church by becoming servants.

I need to recognize my passion firstly and then look at my abilities and capacity. The motivation for being effective is internal. Jesus went to the cross because He had a passion for us, not because He had to.  Once I discover my passion I need to look at my ability and start on a small scale first before progressing as I mature and grow in Christ and my service to His church.

Acts 6:4 – But we will [continue to] devote ourselves [steadfastly] to prayer and to the ministry of the word.

Jean called Lorentia to the stage to share her experience. She related how she had a passion for people and desired to add value to others. The masses in Hong Kong stirred this longing in her heart and she realized that she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. After a chat with Jean, she joined the Life Centre at church and eventually moved on to completing her training in soul care and ministry.

Doxa is the ‘pit stop’ where we are equipped for the race of life.

Acts 6:7 – And the message of God kept on growing and spreading, and the number of disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem; and a large number of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith [accepting Jesus as Messiah and acknowledging Him as the Source of eternal salvation].

Jesus and the early church were subject to severe political strain and persecution and had to function under these adverse circumstances.

The aim of Satan is to create a spirit of fear within the church.

We need to realize that our fears are unfounded. God has placed hope in our hearts and His Word teaches that He has given faith to each of us as a gift. We can trust God and start applying the measure of faith we received from Him.

While Jean was sharing on the conviction of faith in our hearts a song of yesteryear came to mind: “If Jesus said it, I believe it. His Word cannot lie. It’s written in the Bible, I’ll believe it till I die. Though the mountains be removed and cast into the sea; His Word will last forever, into eternity!”

We need to trust God for wisdom.

We all have so much to give and coupled with God’s wisdom and our creativity, we can truly bring change into our communities and city.

We should be careful never to indulge in life changing decisions from a place of fear, but rather with wisdom and faith.

We can substitute fear with trust and faith!

When the political arena tends to create chaos and fear, we discover the power of the church of Jesus Christ.

Beloved, I say, let your fears go, lest they make you fainthearted. Stop inspiring fear in those around you and now take your stand in faith. God has been good and He will continue to manifest His goodness. Let us approach these days expecting to see the goodness of the Lord manifest. Let us be strong and of good courage, for the Lord will fight for us if we stand in faith.

Francis Frangipane

 

 

 

 

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