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Waiting Tables

Posted: Tuesday, June 11

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship &amp; Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

June 11 Reading:

1 Kings 8:1-66
Acts 7:51-8:13
Psalm 129:1-8
Proverbs 17:1 

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Verse of the day:

Crowds listened intently to Philip because they were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did. (Acts 8:6 NLT)


It’s worth taking a moment to learn about our friend, Philip. First of all, he’s not the Philip you’re thinking about. Yes, Jesus had a disciple named, Philip (the one who introduced Jesus to Nathaniel), but in Acts 8, this is someone else.

Two chapters earlier in Acts 6, the twelve disciples had become overwhelmed with the needs of their quickly expanding Church. They were compelled to preach the gospel, and yet, pastoral care was increasingly time-expensive. They decided that “it would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.” 

It’s like a doctor saying, “I can’t spend my day cleaning the waiting room instead of BEING a doctor.” So the disciples select seven deacons, and Philip The Evangelist was one of them. Of course at this point, his last name wasn’t “The Evangelist.” 

(That’s a joke.)

What the disciples didn’t expect was the global impact that these table waiters would have. Philip performed great miracles throughout the region. Philip evangelized and baptized an Ethiopian man triggering the start of the Ethiopian Church. The Ethiopian Church today has over 45 million members, and all because of a . . . table waiter.

One thought. If God has you waiting tables today, do it for His glory.