For You Part 2: Serving
Message Summary: Lissie talked about the impact Megan Brown had on our Evergreen women’s event and how many people heard of her for the first time during this week’s message. She compared Megan to Stephen in the Bible and how much they both impacted many without anyone even realizing it. Sometimes we think about serving, and we think that means we have to stand on a stage or do something front and center of everyone. While God called some to serve at that capacity, he also called people to serve from the background, and neither is more important than the other.
Montanna talked about how those who served impacted her own life. Like Peter becoming a fisher of men rather than a fisherman, Montanna went from only attending church to serving because she wanted to impact others the way she was impacted herself.
1. How have you been impacted by someone else serving?
2. Have you felt called to a particular area of serving at Cross Timbers?
Acts 6:1-7 NIV – But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food.
So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.”
Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (an earlier convert to the Jewish faith). These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them.
So God’s message continued to spread. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.