GOD LONGS FOR ME TO HAVE ETERNAL IMPACT ON...
1. GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO KNOW ME.
A lot of people were now becoming followers of the Lord. But some of the ones who spoke Greek started complaining about the ones who spoke Aramaic. They complained that the Greek-speaking widows were not given their share when the food supplies were handed out each day. The twelve apostles called the whole group of followers together and said, “My friends, choose seven men who are respected and wise and filled with God's Spirit. We will put them in charge of these things. We can spend our time praying and serving God by preaching." …they began by choosing Stephen …. Then they chose Philip…
Acts 6:1-5 (CEV)
2. GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW ME.
The believers who were scattered went from place to place, where they spread the word. Philip went to the city of Samaria and told people about the Messiah. The crowds paid close attention to what Philip said. They listened to him and saw the miracles that he performed …
Acts 8:4 – 6 (GW)
3. INDIVIDUALS THAT DO NOT KNOW ME.
An angel from the Lord said to Philip, “Get up, and take the desert road that goes south from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So Philip went. An Ethiopian man who had come to Jerusalem to worship was on his way home...
Acts 8:26, 27 (GW)
4. INDIVIDUALS THAT KNOW ME WELL.
…we went on to Caesarea and stayed with Philip the Evangelist, one of “the Seven.” Philip had four virgin daughters who prophesied…
Acts 21:8, 9 (MP)
FORECASTING MY IMPACT BY QUESTIONING MY CHARACTER
My friends, choose seven men who are respected and wise and filled with God's Spirit. We will put them in charge of these things. We can spend our time praying and serving God by preaching." This suggestion pleased everyone, and they began by choosing Stephen. He had great faith and was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they chose Philip…
Acts 6:3- 5 (CEV)
1. DO I LIVE RESPECTABLY?
My friends, choose seven men who are respected…
Acts 6:3a (CEV)
• Key to my being respected? Consistent (Godly) Conduct.
Don’t let anyone belittle you because you are young. Instead, show the faithful, young and old, an example of how to live: set the standard for how to talk, act, love, and be faithful and pure.
1 Timothy 4:12 (VOICE)
2. AM I WISE?
My friends, choose seven men who are…wise…
Acts 6:3b (CEV)
THREE INDICATORS OF WISDOM:
First: I Ask God for wisdom? - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking.
James 1:5 (VOICE)
Second: I Associate with wise people? - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
If you want to grow in wisdom, spend time with the wise. Walk with the wicked and you’ll eventually become just like them.
Proverbs 13:20 (TPT)
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
Proverbs 18:15 (NIV)
Third: I Appreciate correction? - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding. Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.
Proverbs 15:31-33 (NLT)
3. AM I FILLED WITH GOD’S SPIRIT?
...friends, choose seven men who are…filled with God's Spirit.
Acts 6:3 (CEV)
TWO INDICATORS OF BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT:
First: I have been baptized scripturally.
Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 2:38 (NLT)
Second: I have been Living obediently.
I say this to you: Let the Holy Spirit lead you…. Then you will not please your sinful old selves. The things our old selves want to do are against what the Holy Spirit wants. The Holy Spirit does not agree with what our sinful old selves want. These two are against each other…. Those of us who belong to Christ have nailed our sinful old selves on His cross. Our sinful desires are now dead. If the Holy Spirit is living in us, let us be led by Him in all things.
Galatians 5:16,17, 24, 25 (NLV)