First Things First.

August 20, 2021 Preacher: Pedro Samuel Series: Acts - The Gospel in Motion

Topic: The Church, Christian Living Scripture: Acts 6:1–7

To have been in the early church would have been a wonderful experience. God was working in powerful ways. Daily there were reports of new people coming to faith in the risen Savior. It was an exciting time. But the early church was not a perfect church. We’ve already seen the problem of hypocrisy, with Ananias and Sapphira. Now Luke shows us another problem that occurred in the midst of this phenomenal growth: a complaint arose that threatened to split the church. Our text reveals to us some principles for solving problems that arise in the local church.

1. The Problem Identified (v.1-2)

2. The Pleasing Solution (v.3-6)

3. The Desired Results (v.7)

Discussion Questions

1. How can a person know when problems are so serious as to warrant leaving a church?

2. How can a Christian discover his/her spiritual gift(s)?

3. How can a local church help its pastor to focus on prayer and the ministry of the Word? How can it hinder this?

4. Is the local church to be a democracy? If not, where is the balance between elder rule versus congregational government?

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