Welcome back everyone. I'm loving hearing your feedback on the passages from Acts. This creates such a great learning community. All of your insights are giving me new ways to approach these scriptures.
Today's reading is from Acts 6
We see here immediately that there was already some division in the early church. The Grecian and Hebraic Christians were already in conflict with each other (we will see this addressed in depth by Paul in the book of Romans). The conflict was over the daily food distribution. Here's the thing to remember: the food came from those who were giving it to the apostles for distribution. This was not a grocery store or food bank from a non-profit organization. The church was sharing its possessions with one another. Is it simply because of the way of life in the first century that this was possible or can this still happen in our world today? In what ways?
I also like how the apostles finally realized that the mission and task was getting bigger than their ability to do it all. They finally started involving others in the ministry and focused on the things that only they could do. Listen, I believe there is more horsepower in the seats of our churches than there are on elder teams, staffs, and lead pastors. This does not mean that these people are not needed, but they cannot carry the weight of all the ministry that needs to happen. Involving others in ministry is the key to expanding ministry beyond a handful of people to the masses.