Text: Acts 6 (Joshua 1-2)
As Acts 6 opens, we find the rapidly growing church is becoming cumbersome to manage. The leadership team is comprised of the Apostles themselves, and the complexity of a church of by this time thousands has become a distraction from their primary tasks of prayer (to stay close to the Lord) and teaching the Word (so the people might grow in the truth). The time has come for a second tier of leaders…
“Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.” (Acts 6:3)
It is here that we find the model for the organization of the local church, even today. A group of elders are set apart to focus on prayer and the Word, while others are appointed the duties of practical ministry. And the basic requirements for leadership are also here – to be “of good repute, and full of the Spirit and of wisdom.” It is good news that we have these patterns from the early church. It is so easy to let things get too complicated. May we be ever watchful to seek the simplicity needful to not get distracted. After all, Jesus the main thing!
in Him, Mike