A Question of Priority
A Sermon on Acts 6:1-2
Seven Chosen to Serve
Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. (ESV)
What is the first task of the local church? While some may say that more doing, or serving the world, is the first task of the church, but Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones shows us something different from the Bible. As the Doctor exposits from Acts 6:1-2, he argues that the priority of the church is not philanthropy but it instead must be preaching. It is clear that the early apostles chose to preach rather than to “do good in the world” because they saw the greatest and primary need in the world was not lack of help but lack of repentance. Acts 6:1-2 becomes a model for current Christians and churches to follow. The first and primary task of the church should reflect the fundamental need of man, which is hearing God’s Word. While the church should not neglect in doing good and serving others, it also should also not forget the role of preaching as only God’s Word has the power to change people for their greatest benefit.