“To the Ministry of the Word”
“But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word” Acts 6:4. Always the ‘nerd’ I was the kid at my grandparents’ houses that would search through their old books to glean what information they had. I’d stay occupied with a science encyclopedia set while my parents visited. Summer vacation meant sitting outside on our deck with a stack of books beside me. So, you can imagine my joy when I got my first Bible at age ten! I obeyed the gospel in college while studying to become an English teacher and five years later took on the ministry of the word in a small mission work in upstate NY, where I learned to do everything associated with ministry. This might have worked when the church first began after Pentecost, but by Acts 6, the church had grown tremendously and the one-room schoolhouse approach was no longer effective. When a challenge arose, the twelve picked seven to see to the widows’ needs while they focused on the ministry of the word. How blessed I feel to be able to study, write, and present lessons every day now in a much larger church while God has provided so many with so many other gifts to minister in other ways here. Are you stepping up?