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  • Called To Serve Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on May 1, 2017

    Conflict surfaces in the church—the needy are being neglected. Stephen and others are chosen to serve the needy.

    Acts 6:1-7 "Called to Serve" INTRODUCTION Role models are important elements in our lives. We can imitate them, or we can aspire to be like them; to incorporate their values and characteristics into our lives. When we attempt to imitate our role models, we may lose our identity and not more

  • Deacons: Shared Service In The Local Church

    Contributed by Chuck Sligh on Oct 12, 2014

    A sermon on the role of deacons and their responsibilities.

    Deacons: Shared Service in the Local Church Chuck Sligh September 7, 2014 TEXT: Please turn in your Bibles to Acts 6 INTRODUCTION Today we’re going to jump ahead three or four chapters in our study through Acts to introduce our deacon selection process. By the time of Acts 6, the more

  • Growing Pains Series

    Contributed by Scott Jewell on Oct 16, 2016
    based on 1 rating

    The good news and the bad news is that growth brings people and new people bring different ideas. What do we do in times of conflict? Check out these thoughts from the church in Jerusalem.

    Growing pains- they can be a good thing. There’s a saying that goes, “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” Growing pains can also be bad- after all, they’re a pain. It hurts. As a child growing to maturity, there are a number of times you go through more

  • Our Own Holiness Is Proportional To The Degree That We Make Others More Hol

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Apr 27, 2017
    based on 2 ratings

    Our own holiness is proportional to the degree that we make others more holy

    Easter Five A Its Mother’s Day and Pope Francis wrote in his recent teaching document on marriage and family that Mothers often communicate the deepest meaning of religious practice in the first prayers and acts of devotion that their children learn Without mothers not only would there be no more

  • The Holy Spirit - Part 5 Of 9 Series

    Contributed by Sam Mccormick on Jul 4, 2017

    This part is a continuation of the Holy Spirit's role in the functioning of the New Testament church which began in Part 4 of this series. In this part we examine the greater and lesser gifts and functions of apostles and prophets in the early church.

    This nine-part series was originally developed for a class environment, and later adapted for use in a prison ministry conducted via correspondence. Because of that background, questions were developed for each lesson for participants to use in a setting conducive to discussion, or as handouts for more

  • A Deacon In The Church

    Contributed by Keith Foskey on Jul 11, 2014

    What does it mean to be a deacon?

    Within the New Testament Church, there are only two offices for which we receive a list of qualifications. First, is the office of the Elder. There are multiple Greek words which are used for this office including presbuteros and episcopas, but they are all speaking of the same office. more

  • When Christ’s Church Almost Lost Its Focus Series

    Contributed by Gordon Weatherby on Aug 25, 2014
    based on 1 rating

    The Apostles determined to focus on the Ministry of the Word of God and Prayer as their highest priority. Developing a priesthood of believers, they resolved a potential problem, and God blessed their decision.

    WHEN CHRIST’S CHURCH ALMOST LOST ITS FOCUS Acts 6:1-7 Dorn Ridge Church of Christ and York Manor Nursing Home August 24, 2014 INTRODUCTION: 1.) This morning we are continuing to look at the Church in the book of Acts. A.) I want us to see a time when the church faced a situation more

  • Growing Concerns Series

    Contributed by Scott Kircher on Feb 15, 2015
    based on 7 ratings

    As the church grows, there will inevitably be problems among people. How does the early church deal with these issues as they arise and what can today’s church learn in how to deal with these “growing concerns” in a way that will glorify God?

    Growing Concerns Handle Growing Concerns with Discernment (Acts 6:1-2) Handle Growing Concerns by Delegating (Acts 6:3-6) Delegate to those who are of good reputation Delegate to those who are full of the Spirit Delegate to those who are wise Handling Growing Concerns in a godly way more

  • A Church Full Of Deacons Series

    Contributed by James Lee on Dec 4, 2015

    I would like to thank Pastor Jerry Shirley for sharing this series on Acts. It has been a blessing as well as a great help. I have used these for our church, as I spend my days caring for my dying father.

    A Church Full of Deacons Acts 6:1-6 If I were to ask what are the two offices in the church, what would you say? The real answer is Pastor and Deacon. So many people in churches all over, including here at EBC don’t know who their deacons are. Very few doctrines are as misunderstood in more

  • "Ordination Message"

    Contributed by David Henderson on Dec 22, 2015
    based on 4 ratings

    This is the ordination sermon for my son in law.

    Acts 20 Acts 6 Start here: Good evening. Let me begin by thanking Pastor Justin for allowing me the privilege tonight of giving the charge for our son in law, Travis Turner. My wife, Denise and I love this church. This church will always have a special place in our hearts…this is the more

  • Serving Takes Commitment Series

    Contributed by T.j. Conwell on Jun 6, 2013
    based on 1 rating

    First, we see the calling of the first deacons and second, we see the capture of one of the first deacons, a man named Stephen and his testimony to us to stand strong! (Acts 6:1-15)

    Serving takes Commitment Acts 6:1-15 Introduction - This chapter contains two different thoughts which are tough to separate - It is because one lends to the other that we will tackle both of them today - First, we see the calling (recorded by Luke) of the first disciples -- These more

  • God's Desire For Deacons Series

    Contributed by Rick Crandall on Sep 3, 2013

    God wants deacons to: 1. help solve problems. 2. help set priorities. 3. serve faithfully. 4. have spiritual abundance.

    God's Desire for Deacons Acts 6:1-8 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - September 1, 2013 *You know there are a lot of jokes out there about preachers and deacons. Over the years I've heard some preachers (men a lot better than me) tell some of these jokes about deacons. But I more

  • “the Dynamic Impact Of A Good Deacon”

    Contributed by Dave Mcfadden on Feb 19, 2014

    In Acts 6, we see what kind of positive impact the effective ministry of the deacon can have on a local church.

    The early church was experiencing phenomenal growth, marvelous miracles, pulsating power, and unlimited blessings. Then, right in the middle of this success story, dissension arose. The Greek speaking widows were being neglected in favor of the Hebrew speaking widows. The Apostles said that they more

  • Problems And Prosperity Series

    Contributed by Chuck Sligh on Jun 15, 2015
    based on 1 rating

    It was inevitable that with the unprecedented growth the church of Jerusalem experienced, conflict and problems would arise. But the disciples acted speedily, and in the process established the principle of shared ministry, which brought even more growth.

    Problems and Prosperity Acts Series Chuck Sligh June 14, 2015 TEXT: Turn please in your Bibles to Acts 6. INTRODUCTION In our study of Acts we’ve seen how the church in Jerusalem grew from a small band of followers in the upper room to a large army of believers in a very short more

  • How Do We Care For A Big Family? Series

    Contributed by Rick Burdette on Jun 2, 2015

    Others, Ministry, Priorities, Widows, Servants

    GROWN UP CHRISTIANS – How Do We Care for a Big Family Acts 6:1-7 (p. 762) June 7, 2015 Introduction: Have you ever thought... “Man, my life is crazy with all these kids!” I know last week when I had just Peyton, my 7 year old grandson, Papaw was pretty busy more