Summary: A church is positioned to be most effective when leaders are chosen on the basis of their reputation for living a Christ-like life and having wise discernment.
Title: A Culture of Godly Leadership
Text: Acts 6:1-7
Thesis: A church is positioned to be most effective when leaders are chosen on the basis of their reputation for living a Christ-like life and having wise discernment.
We are on a Pathway to Congregational Vitality. We want to be a Healthy Missional Church. By Healthy we mean we are pursuing Christ. And by Missioinal we mean we are pursuing what is important to Christ or Christ’s priorities.
In order to understand what being a Healthy Missional Church looks like, we are unpacking a series called: The Marks of a Healthy Missional Church. Researchers have found that there are at least ten marks, characteristics, traits, qualities, etc., that are consistently found in Healthy Missional Churches.
To date we have noted that The Marks of a Healthy Missional Church are:
• Compelling Christian Community
• The Centrality of the Word of God
• Life Transforming Walk with Jesus
• Global Perspective and Intentional Evangelism
• Transforming Communities through Active Compassion, Mercy and Justice Ministries
• Heartfelt Worship
Today we will unpack a seventh Mark of a Healthy Missional Church. We believe the Scripture teaches and history confirms that Healthy Missional Churches are characterized by A Culture of Godly Leadership.
A man was stranded on the proverbial deserted island in the Pacific for years. One day a boat came sailing into view and the man frantically waved and waved until he got the skipper’s attention. The boat landed on the beach and the skipper got out to greet the stranded man.
• After a while the skipper asked the castaway, “What are those three huts you’ve built?”
• The stranded man replied, “That first hut is my house.
• “What’s the next hut?”asked the skipper.
• “I built that for my church,” replied the castaway.
• “And the third hut” queried the skipper?
• “Oh,” the castaway answered solemnly, “that’s where I used to go to church.” (Mikey's Funnies, 8-20-02)
It would seem that even a church of one has trouble getting along.
In our text today the people at First Christian Church in Jerusalem were not getting along.
I. Wicked problems crop up when organizations have to face change or unprecedented challenges.
As the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek speaking believers complained about the Hebrews speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. Acts 6:1
As ideal as we might like to think it must have been in those early days of the church… even then there was discontent.
A. Sometimes people are just chronically discontent.
Take for example, a toddler crying because his mother has left him to play in the living room while she has a cup of coffee with a friend in the kitchen… a simple open doorway away. "Poor thing," says the friend, "he doesn’t like being left in the living room alone." "It's all the same to him," said the mother; "he would cry if I made him play here in the kitchen where I am. It is a peculiarity of that boy, that if he finds himself in one room, he wants to be in the other and rebels accordingly." In other words, he’s never happy.