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Summary: We can adjust to the change God brings.

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A SET UP

Acts 6.8-15

S: New Covenant

C: Adapting to Change

Th: A People with Purpose

Pr: WE CAN ADJUST TO THE CHANGE GOD BRINGS.

Type: Narrative

PA: How is the change to be observed?

• Be a person of faith, like Stephen – a man of character and courage.

• Adjust yourself, adjust your presuppositions, and enjoy the new thing God wants to do in you.

Version: ESV

RMBC 12 March 06 AM

INTRODUCTION:

ILL Adjust

A little boy was overheard talking to himself as he strutted through the backyard, wearing his baseball cap and toting a ball and bat: “I’m the greatest hitter in the world,” he announced.

Then, he tossed the ball into the air, swung at it, and missed.

“Strike One!” he yelled. Undaunted, he picked up the ball and said again, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!”

He tossed the ball into the air. When it came down he swung again and missed. “Strike Two!” he cried.

The boy then paused a moment to examine his bat and ball carefully. He spit on his hands and rubbed them together. He straightened his cap and said once more, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!”

Again he tossed the ball up in the air and swung at it. He missed. “Strike Three!”

“Wow!” he exclaimed. “I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!”

Well, you have to admit, the young man knew how to adjust.

How about you?

1. Do you adjust well to changing circumstances?

When things are changing around you, can you take it?

Are you able to accept change?

Or do you resist it?

When we began our study in the 6th chapter of Acts, we saw that…

2. The apostles proved that they could both, keep their priorities, and change (1-4).

When there was conflict in the church, they understood where they needed a firm grip and where they needed a loose one.

They needed to be firm when it came to their priorities – their God-given priorities – the Word and prayer.

They also needed to be loose with areas of responsibilities that could be done by others.

They could not be doing everything.

And the service to the poor was important, but they could not be everywhere.

You see…

3. They understood God had gifted others (5-6).

So they asked the believers in the church to look for men of God, men of faith, leaders who were wise and had an excellent reputation.

These were the type of people that were needed to solve this situation.

So the church found them.

They were Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolaus – all Greek names, by the way – not a Jewish name in the bunch.

Then the apostles appointed them.

They were given the problem, trusted with it, and they solved it.

Interestingly…

4. Adapting to the situation made the church more effective (7).

The ministry of the Word of God was more successful.

Now, more and more people were coming to understand Jesus as the Messiah.

The church regained its effectiveness and began to reproduce again.

Surprisingly, adjusting to the difficulty allowed the church to have an effectiveness in an area they probably did not expect.

It was the priests.

The text tells us that a great many became obedient to the faith.


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