Episode 6: Serving the Church Body – Roles

Read Acts 1:15-26

  • After this instance, are any decisions in the church made by the casting of lots? Why?
  • Who appointed the 12 apostles and gave them authority?
  • When naming the replacement apostle for Judas, what were the qualifications for apostleship?
  • At this point in scripture were the apostles the only appointed leadership?
  • Does Paul meet the requirements of apostleship? How or how not?
  • Is the role of the apostle still present in the church? Why or why not?

Read Acts 6:1-7

  • What problem or problems are the apostles faced with?
  • How do the qualifications set forth for these 7 differ from that of the apostles? How are they the same?
  • Who selected these men? Who appointed them?
  • How does that help them be successful in their role?
  • Is their new responsibility in addition to or in place of the great commission?
  • If the need presented here ceased to exist, would the role still exist? How does this compare to the way God raised up judges in the time of judges?
  • What does that tell us about the roles we define within the church?
  • Are there specific roles defined in the bible? 

Read Ephesians 4:11-13

  • What need or needs are being met by these roles?
  • Describe the purpose of these roles?
  • Did you give descriptions of their individual purpose or purpose as a whole?
  • Why do you think emphasis is placed on the oneness of the church and the outcome instead of the roles themselves?
  • Is any role more important or prestigious than another?

Read 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, Luke 12:48

  • Why does it refer to these as gifts and not roles?
  • What does it mean to desire the greater gifts?
  • How can we pray for you?

Need a prayer cue? Try Psalms 145!

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