Church Vision Statement 

We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and a connection to a family who cares.

Ice-Breaker: 

  • As a kid, what did you want to grow up to be? Or, if you are brave, what is the weirdest thing you wanted to grow up to be?
    • I wanted to be a professional wrestler.

Read: Acts 6:1-7, 1Timothy 3:18-13

Acts 6:1  Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.

Acts 6:2 So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. 

Acts 6:3 “Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. 

Acts 6:4 “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 

Acts 6:5 The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch. 

Acts 6:6 And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them. 

Acts 6:7  The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.”

Then the Qualifications 

1Tim. 3:8  “Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, 

1Tim. 3:9 but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 

1Tim. 3:10 These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. 

1Tim. 3:11 Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. 

1Tim. 3:12 Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households. 

1Tim. 3:13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.”

Review:

  • Since we did not meet last week, talk about May’s group hang-out night and an unbeliever you think you could invite.

Transformation Questions: 

  • In the New Testament, we have been given two offices in the church. What are those offices?
    • Deacon and Pastor
  • What was the role of the deacon in the first-century church?
    • Their role was to serve and not to lead. Deacons lead through their service. 
  • Have you ever been a part of a church where the pastor answered to the deacons? Do you think that church was a healthy church? Why or why not?
    • While there are some healthy churches like this, it is a distortion and in most cases ends up being a very unhealthy situation. 
  • Why was the ministry of the deacon created?
    • People were not being served and cared for because a few people cannot take care of a lot of people. The church grew and the apostles could not care for all the people while taking care of their main responsibility of prayer and preaching. 
  • What is the difference between the role of pastor and deacon? 
  • One of the key traits of a deacon is their humility and ability to deescalate a situation. Even if we do not hold the ministry title we still all hold the ministry responsibility. How well do you think you deescalate situations with the intended resolution of unity? Give an example of a time you did well and a time it blew up in your face. 
  • Why are division, disunity, and gossip so destructive to the church? And ultimately, what are division, disunity, and gossip doing to the cause of Christ?
    • This defames the name of Jesus in the community. These things distract the church from the mission of the Gospel and make the church ineffectual in the world. These things often cause people to fall out of the church and take people with them. 
  • One of the key traits of a deacon should be dependability, as well as for all believers. Do you feel like you are dependable or are you generally flakey? If you struggle with being flakey, what are some things you could do to let your yes be yes?
    • Follow through with what you say and commit to fewer things.
  • If Christians are a picture of Christ to the world, but often aren’t dependable, what does that teach the world about Christ? Can his promises be trusted?