Dividing the church’s labors among those who had different gifts was the right call and it helped the word of God to spread. We follow their example in our churches too.

Dividing the church’s labors among those who had different gifts was the right call and it helped the word of God to spread. We follow their example in our churches too.

BibleGateway: Acts 6:1-7

ESV Text: Acts 6:1-7

Acts 6:1–7 (Listen)

Seven Chosen to Serve

6:1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists1 arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers,2 pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

Footnotes

[1] 6:1 That is, Greek-speaking Jews

[2] 6:3 Or brothers and sisters

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KJV Text: Acts 6:1-7

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     1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 440 :
Lord, Lead the Way the Savior Went

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1. Lord, lead the way the Savior went,
By lane and cell obscure,
And let love’s treasure still be spent,
Like His, upon the poor.

2. Like Him, through scenes of deep distress,
Who bore the world’s sad weight,
We in their crowded loneliness
Would seek the desolate.

3. For Thou hast placed us side by side
In this wide world of ill;
And that Thy followers may be tried,
The poor are with us still.

4. Mean are all offerings we can make;
But Thou hast taught us, Lord,
If given for the Savior’s sake,
They lose not their reward.


Hymn: LSB 848 :
Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service

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