The Early Church - Serving

In Acts 6:1-7, we see that the early church had grown exponentially and there was much work to be done. The twelve disciples couldn’t do it all on their own and needed help to prevent ministry from falling between the cracks. They elected seven people to come alongside them and serve the people in the community.

Through those seven men stepping up and filling a need in the church, the twelve disciples were able to continue preaching the gospel and devoting their time to prayer. Because of that, we see in verse 7 that the church continued to grow and more people came to faith in Christ.

Friend, we all have a role to play in the mission God has for the church. Maybe yours isn’t to preach on Sunday morning, but that doesn’t mean your role is any less important. God has given each of us giftings and talents to serve the church.

Are you one of those people who has never met a stranger? You would be a great asset in the Connection Point! Maybe you’re a craftsman? God can use that—look at Exodus 31. Do you have a heart for the next generation? Our preschool, kids, and student ministries would love to have you serve with them.

There are multiple places in Scripture that talk about different gifts. If you are struggling to see how the Lord has gifted you, check out Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, or you could take our IBC Spiritual Gifts Test found here: https://ibclex.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/35/responses/new

Whatever your gifts are, remember that we use them all for the glory of God. As we see in verse 7, it’s all for the sake of fulfilling the mission of the Gospel and serving the church.

In what ways has the Lord gifted you to serve the church for His glory?

Are you already plugged in and doing that? If not, I want to challenge you to find a way to jump in and be a part of the mission here at Immanuel. God has called you here for a purpose!

By Alison Brown

Alison is on staff at IBC as the Student Ministry as the Student Ministry Girls Associate.

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