Consequences of growth

speaking as part of our series.

CRISIS� = danger and opportunity (see Chinese characters for Crisis)

From outside the church = persecution

From inside the church = corruption

In Chapter 6 the crisis = distraction

(John Stott)

A very positive problem: �the number of disciples was increasing� (Acts 6:1)

THE DANGERS:

1) Strained energies � �overlooked� (Acts 6:1)

2) Strained relationships � �Grecian Jews� and �Hebraic Jews� (Acts 6:1)

3) Strained priorities � �ministry of the Word� vs. practical needs (Acts 6:2)

THE OPPORTUNITIES:

1) For reorganization - how flexible are we?

2) For delegation � choosing the right people

3) For prepared people � �full of the Spirit and of wisdom� (Acts 6:3)

4) For priorities � �the ministry of the word� (Acts 6:4)

5) For prayer � �attention to prayer� (Acts 6:4)

  • Preached on: 15 March, 2009
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  • Bible Text: Acts 6:1-15
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