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Go and Serve Tables

Posted: Friday, June 8

 &nbsp;&nbsp; Pastor Tanto&nbsp; // Executive Pastor

   Pastor Tanto  // Executive Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

1 Kings 3:3-4:34
Acts 6:1-15
Psalm 126:1-6
Proverbs 16:26-27

Verse of the day: 

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. Brothers and sisters, 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 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”  (Acts 6:2-4)


It is exciting to read the first few chapters of Acts as the Holy Spirit was on the move working in and through the apostles. In Acts 6 we see the newly founded church with thousands of members who have been growing spiritually and by numbers on a daily basis.   However, the church was not perfect.  There were internal problems resulting in complaints of discrimination during the distribution of food from the Greek-speaking Jews about the Hebrew-speaking Jews.  The apostles along with the all the disciples came up with a plan. 

 

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. Brothers and sisters, 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 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”  Acts 6:2-4

 

We need to understand that the apostles were not minimizing the work of waiting on tables.  They were not communicating that they were above that job or too spiritual or that they were not servant leaders.  The apostles were saying they shouldn’t give up their “serving” of ministering to others in the Word to “serve” others by waiting on tables.  In the original Greek language, both ministries are referred to as “serve.”  They simply needed others to serve in that area. 

 

We are all called to serve God and we serve Him by serving others.  God does not need us to serve Him (Acts 17:25) but He chooses to use us to serve others.  Just like the early church, we as the church in 2018 are called to preach the Gospel and make disciples.  We do this by serving.  Your service in the local church may look different than the other forms of service, however there is a great importance of what you do.  The result of launching the seven men to serve the tables resulted in the spread of the word of God.  The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly (Acts 6:7). 

 

My prayer is that you and I would use our gifts and talents to serve others in our church.  I pray that the Word of the Lord would spread throughout Milwaukee and surrounding areas.  I pray that our faith would be contagious and the number of disciples would increase rapidly.