I. The preacher and the staff can’t do it all by themselves. (17-18)
The disciples couldn’t.
We need your help and we are all ministers.
What results when a leader tries to do it alone?
1. He is overworked and simply cannot do all that needs to be done.
2. The people are deprived of the immediate attention that they need.
3. The other talented leaders are not given an opportunity to use their talents.
II. What type of people are needed to help? (21)
1. Capable people.
2. Committed people. We need people who are committed to both God and His church.
Christianity must mean everything to us before it can mean anything to others
3. Trustworthy people. We need people who are worthy of trust. Men of character
4. People who are not looking for their own gain and are not power hungry politicians but servant leaders.
III. The results of shared ministry.
- To ease the burden of a minister so he can endure. (22-23)
- So that he can concentrate on what is most important. (20)
Just like when the deacons were chosen so that the apostles could concentrate on preaching and teaching. (Acts 6:4)
- Help keep the people satisfied. (23)