May 21, 2006 am    The Charge to the Church        Acts 6:1-7

Deaconís Ordination

By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

 

The charge or challenge to the church is the job that comes with responsibility and accountability.  God gives us a mission.  This is your mission, which is given to you from the Lord.  Will you choose to accept it?  It isnít a mission impossible, but it is a mission that is possible only through the working of the Lord. 

 

Scripture Text: 

Acts 6:1 (NIV) In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.

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, 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.

 

1.      Love God.  The charge is to love the Lord above all and be obedient to His call in your life.  He first loved us. 

 

2.      Love others.  The charge is to love others as you love yourself.

 

3.      Look around and see who needs some help.  Get busy helping others.  Look around and choose others to help in the work. 

 

4.      Listen to the voices.  The voice of the Lordís call and the voice of the people.  Listen to the Word of the Lord.  This is his call in your life. 

 

5.      Labor for the Lord in lifting up your hands to help.  There is a lot of work to be done.  People need the Lord.  Will we be willing to take Him to them? 

 

6.      Lay your hands on people in prayer.  Lift others up to the Lord in prayer. 

 

7.      Lift up in prayer the people, the deacons, the pastor, and one another.

 

8.      Leave the results in the hands of the Lord.  He will save.  He will change people.