“…choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.” -Acts 6:3 //
This week lead pastor Carl Gulley continued our Be one. Make one. series with a message on discipleship in the context of serving.
Throughout our morning, we took a look at the early Church in Acts 6. At this time the gospel is spreading, and a beautiful movement is unfolding. As the Church grew, there became a need for more people to step in and serve those that the disciples were committed to ministering to and serving.
THE CHURCH WAS MEANT TO BE BUILT THROUGH A PEOPLE.
The Church was never intended to be run off the backs of few, there is an invitation for all to be a part. Many leaders build their churches, organizations or families so that everyone needs them, but when you do that, your church gets built around a personality. The Church was meant to thrive and be built through people.
FULL OF WISDOM AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
In our passage, the need was to pass out food. The task seems simple, but the disciples asked for people who were full of the Spirit of God and practically minded. They wanted people who had a heart desire to fulfill the spiritual mission of the Church. The needs of our local church may look a little different, but our mission is the same, so we need the same kind of people.
WE DON’T NEED VOLUNTEERS, WE NEED PILLARS.
Volunteers show up and fill slots. Pillars set aside their giftings and go to the point of greatest need. When we choose to go to that point of need, we follow in Jesus’ footsteps because He went to the point of greatest need for us. Sometimes the role of a pillar is glorious and sometimes it isn’t, but their role is ALWAYS critical in seeing disciples made and the mission of the church advanced.
WHEN YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE TO SERVE ANOTHER, YOU ARE BEING A DISCIPLE AND MAKING DISCIPLES.
Our church is very similar to the church in Acts 6. We’ve been experiencing a lot of growth, but numbers aren’t the goal. Disciples are the goal. Our mission is to make disciples who encounter God, make disciples and live on mission in our city, the nation and the nations of the earth.
BE A PILLAR.
The church is built through a people, and we want you to be a part of building this church! If you are interested in being a pillar, you can fill out this interest form.