Summary: How God uses spiritual gifts to direct us into the right ministry
Title: How to find the right ministry for you
Text: Acts 6:1-7
Review of last week
Last week we began a new sermon series “Discovering your shape.” (How God shapes us for ministry) We saw from scripture that we are both saved for service and shaped for service.(Eph. 2:11)
“We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:11)
We also saw how God has given all believers 5 things that shape us for service; Spiritual gifts, heart (passion), abilities, personality and experiences.
Today we want to begin looking at how you find the right ministry for you. How do you know you are doing what God has shaped you to do? And how does God move you when it’s time to do a different ministry?
We will find most of our answers by looking at the life of a New Testament believer named Philip.
Philip is first heard of in Acts 6 where we will read that he is one of 7 men chosen by the church to help launch a brand new ministry. How did Philip and the church know that he was the right person for this ministry? And if it was the right ministry for Philip in Acts 6 why do we then see him in Acts 8 being used by God in a number of completely different ministries? How did God lead Philip from one ministry into two other completely different ministries?
We’re going to cover the Acts 6 part today and the Acts 8 part next week.
Read Acts 6:1-7.
Title: How to find the right ministry for you.
“In those days when the number of disciples were increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this ministry over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word. This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip,…
They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”
Finding the right ministry for you starts by first defining ministry.
One of the best definitions of ministry is this;” ministry is finding a need and meeting it.”
Is working in the nursery considered a ministry? Yes! Because it is meeting a need.Is cleaning the church considered a ministry? Yes!
The more the church grows the more needs you end up having to meet.
In Acts 6:1
“In those days when the number of disciples were increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.
If ministry is finding a need and meeting it then what defines a need? A need is a legitimate complaint. Wherever you find a legitimate complaint you find an unmet need.