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Changing to Grow

The church is alive. It moves and breathes. It can be sick or well.  It can be wise or foolish. The church changes and grows just as believers in Christ change and grow. This is a sign of the church’s life and vitality.
The life of the church described in Acts 6 was exciting. It was in the very early days of the church, and the number of new Christians was growing daily. On one hand growth was good, and on the other it was overwhelming. Because of this rapid growth, it came to the attention of the Apostles, through the “grumbling” of the people, that certain needs within the church ministries were not being met. 
The Apostles responded by appointing men to meet the need. It was not enough that the men appointed be hard workers; they needed to be “seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom.” These seven were chosen by the body, and “laid hands upon” by the Apostles.
The early church was wise enough, and humble enough, to change how things were being done so the church could continue to grow. With this change, Acts 6:7 says, “the word of God increased, the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.” In addition to this, “signs and wonders” were performed by one of the seven amongst the people.
A living church will grow and change, just as the people who make it up. When a church can adapt like the church in Acts, there is no stopping God’s will.

Reflect:

  • Do I see needs within the body that are not being met? Is there something I could do to meet these needs other than grumble?
  • How can I show support for the changes my Church may need to make?

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