There comes a time in every great move of God when it seems that the honeymoon is over. The early church had experienced such great things as the power of Pentecost and the mighty signs and wonders through the hands of the Apostles. Next, the church was tested with threats and persecution, yet the Gospel prevailed. But Satan never gives up. If he can’t defeat a church from without he will attack it from within and seek to cause division in the body of Christ. This was the case in the first church. A complaint arose that could easily have led to a church split or a revolt against church leadership. The Apostles handled the complaint properly and as a result the word of God continued to spread and even the Jewish priests came to faith in Christ.
“Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. “Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; “but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:1-7, NKJV.
The Apostles came up with was a wonderful solution to this problem…
- They didn’t throw the complainers out.
- They didn’t divide into two congregations.
- They didn’t ignore the unhappy people.
- They didn’t form a committee and discuss the problem to death.
- The didn’t seek someone at fault to blame.
May we be a problem solving church. Pastor Mike