A Simple Need. An Act of Service. A Changed World.
by Impact Church
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…. 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. …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. Acts 6:1, 3, 7
The Gospel was spreading and the church was growing but new challenges emerged that threatened the Apostles’ work of teaching the Word of God.
The Greek-Jew believing widows were being passed over for the daily provision of food in favor of the native Hebrews. These women, the most needy of the church, were not having their daily needs met. Their need was simple: they were hungry. They needed daily bread. A racial distinction created a division in the young church. The Apostles needed more people to meet these new challenges.
The Apostles determined to meet with those who had needs and counseled that they select 7 men (“7” is considered to be the number of Gentiles) to address and serve the needs of the Greek-Jew widows. The leadership prayed and commissioned new leaders – laying their hands on them – to meet the needs of the widows. Needs in the church created new opportunities for more people to serve.
The church chose 7 faithful men. One of whom was Stephen, who would later preach a message that led to his stoning and the moral conviction of Saul, whose blind hatred of the church fueled his trip to Damascus. That trip would lead to Jesus’ confrontation and convert him, creating an Apostle to the Gentiles. All because the church responded to the needs of Greek-Jew widows who were hungry. When the needs of the church are properly addressed, the Gospel goes forward, new people are involved, and people come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Impact Church has identified that there are families who have children with autism that need help. They have daily needs, which we want to address. Impact Church supports Impact Autism Camp to meet the needs of the families through the summer. This summer camp helps extend the developmental gains made through the school year. In addition, Impact Church sponsors an annual celebrational event, the Impact Extravaganza. This coming Saturday, August 9, 2014, Impact Church is hosting the 4th annual Autism Extravaganza. From 10:00a until 1:00p, the campus of Impact Church will be converted into a place that welcomes and champions children with autism.
Join us in celebrating the families, which have children with autism. Join us in serving their needs. Join us in welcoming them to a place where people smile and rejoice that they are coming to be a part of the family of God. As the early church did, Impact Church is excited to learn of the needs of those in our midst and we are looking for people to serve those needs. We know that God will raise up leaders to testify of His grace and the world will be changed.