Real Church Part 9 “Serving for Success”


Real Church – Part 9

Serving for Success

The word “church” refers to ______________ not a _________________.

The church is _______________ on the efforts of people who volunteer their time in _______________ up one another and the ministry of the church.

Ephesians 4:11-12

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

Riddle:  Can an event not be a _______________ and still be _________________?

Acts 6:1-7

The Choosing of the Seven

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

The early church began to experience _____________ problems which required ______________ to solve.

Though the problem was related to ________________ food, the qualifications sought were primarily ________________.

What God looks for in servants is not ______________  _______________ but _____________  __________________,

A church that is interested in ________________ disciples needs to ____________ people willing to serve.

You are not only ______________ to serve but you __________ to serve.

When you serve, you serve ____________, ____________ and _________________.

We see this in the two examples, _______________ and ______________ that we have details on.

The most satisfying jobs were jobs where people ____________ for others, _____________ others or _____________ others.

A ________________ does of serving may improve your ________________.

The entire Bible speaks to the benefits of doing life in ____________________.

If you have no desire to serve then something is _____________….ask God to make it ________________.

The small step you take ______________ may lead to a larger opportunity ____________________.