In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” 5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:1 -7, New International Version)
Theme: The Local Church
We got off to a great start yesterday with the valuable comments that were shared about the activities of the local church documented in Acts chapter 2. We are going to stay in the book of Acts and observe another presentation of the early church in action. Our primary objective is to foster critical thinking about what activities our local churches should be engaged in.
Bible Study Passage
Our passage today is from Acts 6:1 – 7 (presented above). Unlike the situation in Acts 2 where everything was going very well, in this instance the local church encounters a problem. The church’s response provides some key insights into the expected role of local churches.
What are key activities of the church exhibited in the passage that you believe should be evident in today’s local church?
Sharing your thoughts could be a big help to someone else. Please submit your response to the question.