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Scripture Reading: Acts 6:1-4

Local Church Problems

1.  Local church a family; brothers & sisters in Christ Jesus; children of God, 1 Tim. 3:14-15.

2.  Like any family, problems will arise in l. church. When they do we can do one of four things:

  a.  Ignore them (stick heads in the sand).

  b.  Run away from them (can’t address & overcome the problem).

  c.  Increase the problem thru inflammatory words & actions (impure motives).

  d.  Discuss them with open minds, open Bibles & a prayerful, reverent & loving attitude, Eph. 4:1-3; Phil. 2:1-4.

3.  God expects His children to meet the challenges before us; to live & serve each other in love & unity, 1 Cor. 1:10; 12:25; 1 Jno. 4:20-21.

4.  To solve problems we must know the CAUSE of the problem (treat the cause, not the symptoms of the problem).

5.  Acts 6:1-7 – Helps us to identify potential problems & overcome them (the challenge became a blessing to the church).


I. CHALLENGE OF COMPATIBILITY, Acts 6:1; Eph. 2:13-22 (Isa. 11:6-9).

  A.  Great Challenge:  Many Different People Becoming One in Christ.

    1.  All different: Our personalities, moods, behav­ior, likes & dislikes vary tremendously!

    2.  Yet, we are to be one, Rom. 12:15-16; 1 Cor. 12:25-26.

    3.  Some say “impossible,” yet … Jno. 17:20-23; Rom. 15:5-6.

    4.  Those who love Jesus won’t be incompatible for long, 1 Jno. 4:10-11.

  B.  How to Meet this Challenge.

    1.  Make others higher priority than ourselves, Phil. 2:3-4; Acts 6:1, 5.

      a.  “Others, then self”; Not “self, then others” (Jesus, Matt. 20:28).

      b.  Selfishness is sin & causes hurt feelings, blinds to the needs of others, causes indifference, hatred, jealousies, lack of trust…

    2.  Forgive one other, Matt. 6:14-15.

    3.  Remember our common relation, Gal. 3:26-29.


II. CHALLENGE OF COMMUNICATION, Acts 6:1.  (Two related problems)

  A.  The Failure to Communicate, 6:1.

    1.  We don’t have trouble communicating when we choose to do so.

      a.  They communicated:  Complaining & grumbling, 6:1.

      b.  We too often talk about instead of with, Matt. 18:15; 5:23-24.

      c.  “Too much talk and not enough talk.”  (Jas. 1:19-20)

    2.  We must talk with each other to overcome any problem.

  B.  Communicating the Wrong Information.

    1.  Christian are interested in truth/facts; not hearsay, gossip, backbiting, 1 Tim. 5:13.

      a.  Creates barriers, Prov. 16:28.

      b.  Gossip is disorderly conduct, 2 Ths. 3:11.

    2.  In Acts 6:1-7, when right things were communicated the challenge was met & the problem solved.

    3.  Speak truth:  We are members of each other, Eph. 4:25.



  A.  Lack of Conversion Means Satan is Still in Control of One’s Life, cf. Acts 5:1-5, 7-9.

    1.  “To turn, to turn about, turn towards” (Vine); a turning or change from one state to another.

    2.  Conversion is a change of heart, life, & relationships; of values, goals, objectives & conduct, Acts 3:19; 26:20.  (Heart cleansed, Acts 15:9; Life changed, Rom. 6:4; New relationships Gal. 3:26-28.)

  B.  Our Conversion Shows in:

    1.  What we serve, Rom. 6:16-18; 1 Ths. 1:9.

    2.  What is our first concern, Matt. 6:33 (Phil. 3:7-11).

  C.  Test Ourselves (2 Cor. 13:5):

    1.  Do materialism & carnal things control me instead of obeying God? (1 Cor. 3:1-4; 1 Jno. 2:15-17

    2.  Do I hold grudges & fail to forgive?  (Eph. 4:32)

    3.  Do I fail to repent?  Do I seldom/never pray?  Do I plan to disobey God?

    4.  Solution:  These attributes, Acts 6:3-5Result Acts 6:7.



1.  This church can meet & overcome every problem we will face when we love the truth & love one another with the desire to learn from God’s word & a commitment to obey Jesus.

2.  Be an asset to this church:

    a.  Be compatible (one) in Christ,

    b.  Communicate truth to each other, and

    c.  Be converted to Christ.

3.  Live in faith, love & mercy.