Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 6
Dear brothers and sisters,
In the Bible study on the 6th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles I will discuss:
- The choosing of the seven
- Stephen seized
The choosing of the seven
I believe this chapters shows that when we are growing in faith, especially also in our churches, that we need to continuously pray to God to help us on every step during our way in growing further with our Ministry. In this particular situation you see now a part of the Jews felt disappointed that their widows were often overlooked when the food was distributed under all that were following the apostles. I don’t believe that this was done on purpose, but it because the greater the Ministry grows, the more God shows that we need other Christians that are also selected to have a ministry in helping in the ministry with the also very important jobs as usher, distributing food, taking the coats and so on. So therefore never look down on your fellow Christians for doing these jobs, which are also just as important to God as preaching. God needs the church to be a perfectly working body and not just a head. Luckily we see that the apostles understood this and made sure that 7 persons were selected to carry out this important assignment so that all their followers were never without food. One of them was called Stephen.
As we read above this Stephen was chosen by the apostles to be part of the seven. But God allows to Luke emphasize that this Stephen was a man full of God’s grace and power, that performed great wonders and signs among people. Although you would think that people only care and love this man. No, we again see that the more someone life’s close to God, that some people will allow hatred in their heart (unfortunately also from fellow believers). Because the his opposition couldn’t take him down directly they started to spread rumors him. At some moment this lead to him being arrested and brought to Holy Spirit. Were they were only out to judge and sentence Him, they were confronted with a man that only spoke through the power of God and they could see only a man that looked like an angel and they could do nothing to Him. See how God can even make it impossible for your worst nightmares to alter their negative view over you. I pray that even on this instance God will change the negative way that people around you and me to see only the blessed person that loves God and they can only see you as an angel and can no longer purse their actions to hurt you.
God is great! Amen!