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The Power of Community: Connect with Unity
August 26, 2018

The Power of Community: Connect with Unity

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: The Power of Community

We continue to consider the Power of Community in our world and in our lives. The problem with individualism is that it isolates and separates us rather than creating unity. It is hard for us to build or find community without a sense of unity. The very hard question for us is amazingly simple: How? How can we overcome the feeling that we are not getting what we deserve, or that our concerns are the only ones that matter, and work toward the common good? In the sermon, “Connect to Unity” we take a look at the early church in Acts 6:1-8, because they are at a point that their unity is being tested. The key word in Acts 6:1 is“grumbling.” This starts as a legitimate concern because the Hebrew speaking Jews looked down upon the Greek speaking Jews. Yet, in this young community it could have had a disastrous impact! Most importantly, we learn how God wants to create unity for us as we read these verses! Acts 6:1-8:In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 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. 3 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 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” 5 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. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 7 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. 8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. (NIV)

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