The God who is there
Genesis 37-39/Acts 6-8
39:8-9 But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do! He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I ever do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”
6:1-5 But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. Those who spoke Greek complained against those who spoke Hebrew, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. “We apostles should spend our time preaching and teaching the word of God, not administering a food program,” they said. “Now look around among yourselves, brothers, and select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. We will put them in charge of this business. Then we can spend our time in prayer and preaching and teaching the word.” This idea pleased the whole group, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (a Gentile convert to the Jewish faith, who had now become a Christian).
OT Flash Points
Judah, where are you?
What are you thinking?
Break out and Brightness
Joseph – destined and gifted for greatness
NT Flash Points
As the Body grew, in order to keep preaching, they installed deacons “full of the Spirit”
Contrast fallen and compromised “cults” where they focused on themselves and their power
Jesus seems to be so close, just beyond sight
He shines through on Philip as He is doing His works through all His disciples
The call of God will not be a consideration of our personal fitness
It is the call of the nature of God
To enter the realm of the Call of God is to be profoundly altered