Worship Preparation: July 4, 2021

Sunday, July 4, 2021
 
Read the sermon text: Acts 6:1-7
 
Read the sermon summary: The gospel shines brightly in the church when people from different cultures, backgrounds, and preferences are united together in love under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. However, this bringing together of different people sometimes results in conflict. We see such a case in our text this Sunday from Acts 6:1-7. As the church grows to include Greek speaking Jews and Gentiles, the believers experience the growing pains of diversity. This passage is often cited as a mandate for the roles of elders and deacons (which I think is accurate and helpful). However, we often miss the cultural dimensions of this text, its ramifications for resolving conflict in the midst of diversity, and how God uses conflict to strengthen the unity of the church and advance his kingdom. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: Why did the apostles not think it would be right for them to give up the preaching of the Word of God to serve tables? What do you notice about the men chosen for the task of distribution? How do you think this passage is related to the gospel?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
There Is A Fountain
There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel's veins
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains
 
The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day
And there may I though vile as he
Wash all my sins away
Wash all my sins away
Wash all my sins away
And there may I though vile as he
Wash all my sins away
 
Dear dying Lamb Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its pow'r
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved to sin no more
Be saved to sin no more
Be saved to sin no more
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved to sin no more
 
E'er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die
And shall be till I die
And shall be till I die
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die
 
When this poor lisping stamm'ring tongue
Lies silent in the grave
Then in a nobler sweeter song
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save
Then in a nobler sweeter song
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save
 
CCLI Song # 27707
Edwin Othello Excell | Lowell Mason | William Cowper
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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