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Multiplying ministry with character.

Scripture reading for May 13th:  Acts 6, Psalm 95, Proverbs 2

Key Scriptures:  Acts 6:2-6 “And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the Word of God to serve tables.  Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.  But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.”  And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, . . .”

As the number of believers multiplied and diversified, the apostles soon felt the need to multiply the leadership and spread out the duties of pastoral care.  They gathered all the disciples and shared their priority of prayer and preaching God’s Word.  They also shared their solution–the appointment of  Spirit-filled helpers to serve the widows.  They chose seven men–full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom to come along side and serve.  Character was more important than talent.

Faith Confession:  Thank You Lord for this insightful record of how You helped the leaders in Your church to keep their priorities straight and chose helpers full of the Spirit and wisdom.  Give me wisdom to multiply those serving Your church.

Proverbs 2:6-8 “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints.”  

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Sin through Adam, Righteousness through Christ!

Scripture reading for June 20th:  Romans 5

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 5:12,18-19  “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—. . .” “Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.  For just as through the disobedience of one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”  

Paul carefully explained how universal sin was because of Adam’s original sin.  Adam’s one act of sin resulted in death to all mankind.  This death was eventually physical death but ultimately spiritual death or the second death of complete separation from God in the Lake of Fire.  But God, in His love and mercy, provided a way of escape from death by sending His Only Son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus was perfectly obedient to His Father and fulfilled the Law completely, becoming the perfect substitute to pay the penalty for sinful man.  Jesus obeyed His Father, even to dying for our sins on the cross in order that all who believed would be made righteous!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers must hold fast to these basic truths of the Gospel message and true doctrine.  These simple truths bring true salvation to both Jew and Gentile!  “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.”   (Proverbs 2:6-8)

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