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PROBLEM SOLVING IN THE EARLY CHURCH I: Jerusalem

TOPIC PROBLEM SOLVING IN THE EARLY CHURCH I: Jerusalem
TEXT Act 6:1-8
MEMORY VERSE Act 6:4
INTRODUCTION
Pentecost (i.e. Feast of Weeks Deut 16:10) is a homecoming Jewish Harvest Thanksgiving Feast (Act 2:5-12) held annually in Jerusalem commanded in the Law. Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the Apostles’ ministry of Word and Prayer, the newly born Pentecost Church in Jerusalem rapidly grew too large with too many home and abroad members to feed, but the home brethren had advantage while widows from abroad were neglected (Act 6:1). The Apostles were therefore led to direct that a seven-man administrative committee of Table Servers be elected to ensure orderly, equitable and accountable logistics. This would ensure the Apostles were not distracted from their primary ministry of Word and Prayer (Act 6:2-7).
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. Growth of the Church brought up the need to have an elected administrative committee to manage logistics, in addition to the ordained ministry to lead in Word and prayers. How far is this Apostolic wisdom (of having distinct ordained Ministerial and elected Administrative leadership in the Church) applied in the Church today?
2. What was the outcome of the apostolic solution to the organisational problem? (Act 6:7-8)
3. What difference do you notice between the multitude in Verse 1 and the multitude in Verse 5?

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