The First Deacons (verses 1-7): To solve the problem of inequitable distribution of food to widows, the apostles appoint seven men as deacons. This action ensures that the apostles can focus on their primary duties of prayer and ministry of the Word.
Stephen’s Wisdom and Power (verses 8-15): Stephen stands out among the deacons, not just for his service but also for his wisdom and the miracles he performs. This puts him in conflict with some Jewish groups, leading to false accusations.
Stephen’s Arrest (verses 16-16): Faced with the powerful testimony of Stephen, his opponents resort to deceit and instigate his arrest. They present him before the Sanhedrin, leveling false charges against him.
Acts 6 highlights the organizational maturity of the early Church and sets the stage for the dramatic events in Stephen's life, which will come to a head in the next chapter.

Acts 6

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.

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.

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:

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.

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

9  Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.

10  And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.

11  Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.

12  And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,

13  And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:

14  For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

15  And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

End of Acts 6

1 Year Plan:  May 13 - 2 Sa 15, 2 Sa 16,  Acts 6 [next day]

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