Abiding Savior Free Lutheran
November 10, 2019 Worship Service
Acts 6 - "When the Going Gets Tough" ~ Pastor Kirk Flaa
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    7901 S Meredith Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM, Sunday 9:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM

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SERMON: Acts 6:1-15 - "When the Going Gets Tough"

“How shall the church respond to problems in her midst?”

1. Recognize the Cause
2. Identify the Problems
3. Offer a Solution

“When the going gets tough, the Church gets going!”
APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
1. Once again, our text brings us to the principle of unity and how our Lord desires accord amongst His people. Read the following passages and discuss how unity is depicted and its importance. Discuss also what you perceive to be common threats to unity in a congregation, and how one protects from these threats: Psalm 133; Malachi 2:10; Matthew 23:8-9; John 17:21-23; Romans 15:5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:10-11; Galatians 3:26-28; Philippians 2:2.
2. The apostles determined to “devote” (a word which means to ‘to continue steadfastly’ and ‘to stay close’ to something) themselves to the Word and to prayer. Why is this decision such an important one, and what might have happened had they not made this commitment? Consider the thing (s) that you are “devoted” to. What is the impact of such associations and commitments in your own life?
3. The seven chosen to assist in the ministry the church had to the widows were described as individuals of good reputation and full of the Spirit and wisdom (v. 3). Consider how others in the church would describe you. Would these words be used, and if not, what words would? How can one improve in the areas of reputation, the Holy Spirit, and wisdom? Why are these qualities so essential for ministry?
4. We read in Acts 6:15 that as Stephen faced unfair accusations and was unjustly accused by the religious authorities, ‘his face shone like that of an angel’. Read the following texts, Exodus 34:29-35 and Matthew 17:1-2, and discuss what this likely looked like and its significance. What does it look like for us and our demeanor and even appearance as we spend time in the presence of the Lord through worship, prayer, or meditation on the Scripture? What would this phrase imply for a Christian’s life?
5. What important principles does this text teach us about calling, roles, gifts, priorities, and service within the body of Christ? How do you see these principles evidenced in the life of our congregation and your own life?

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