READ: Acts 6:1-7
- Just as in Acts 4 there was an impact, so here there is as well. The immediate impact was that the hungry widows were fed. But it seems it also impacted others. It would have been the priests who were the care providers for the Jewish community. When they observed the Christian community doing so well at giving care, meeting needs and addressing their own oversights, a large group of priests became believers in Jesus.
- The effect of Scripture expanded. The number of disciples increased. There seems to be no end to the growth of the Kingdom of God as God’s ways of doing things gets done. It’s pretty amazing to think about. There had been persecution. There were physical needs. There was a case of oversight. There was a tragic act of discipline for lying about one’s intentions. Yet the church grew.
- The world will be impacted by the gospel when the gospel impacts those who claim to obey it. There’s no fooling the world. They will not be surprised by our failure…they may even applaud it. But they will be deeply impacted by the success of caring for one another. Because so many have granted care to the government, when the church steps in and is the church, people take note. Good note.
- What experiences have you had with care-giving that have impacted/arrested the outside world?
- How can our Connect groups do a better job of demonstrating these practices?
- What can you do to be more intentional about meeting needs?
PRAY: Thank God for our connection with organizations like Horizons, Teen Reach and YoungLife. Pray that we are open to the needs of our community (both believers and not). Commit yourself to seeing people’s needs.