Acts 6:1-7 Seven Disciples Chosen to Manage Food Distribution to the Poor

Through the preaching of the apostles, the church of the resurrected Christ continued to grow in Jerusalem and beyond. A few years after the Christian movement had begun, a situation arose in Jerusalem which required attention.

“1 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.” (Acts 6:1)

Hellenists were Greek speaking, foreign Jews regarded as inferior to Hebrews who originated from Palestine. Because of scarcity, Hellenist widows were neglected. When the apostles heard of this, they felt led to reach out and provide for the needy Jewish widows in Jerusalem.

“2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.”(Acts 6:2)

Because their calling was to preach and witness to the lost, the apostles felt their focus should be on teaching the gospel, and advancing the truth about Jesus, the risen Christ rather than concentrate on benevolence and the distribution of food to the poor.

“3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit 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 the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, 6 whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.” (Acts 6:3-6)

To resolve the matter, the apostles chose seven men to manage the distribution of food to the needy. These men should have a solid reputation and be examples of the faith, so to allow the apostles to continue on their mission involving prayer and the furtherance of God’s kingdom through preaching.

“7 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.” (Acts 6:7)

Through the preaching of the apostles, and the ministry led by Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, the Christian church continued to grow according to God’s perfect plan. By faith, many of the priests, or Christian believers showed obedience to God’s commands and expectations by abiding to the word, advancing the gospel, through prayer, fellowship and worship. Let’s pray!

 

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Luke,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

Posted in Bible Studies.

419 Comments

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  39. When we praise the richness and fullness of God, this thought-stuff is tremendously increased in our mental atmosphere.

  40. With my lost saints-I love thee with the breadth, Smiles, tears, of all my life!-and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.

  41. To God the Father, God the Son, And God the Spirit, Three in One, Be honour, praise, and glory given By all on earth, and all in heaven.

  42. God knows that we need fortitude, courage, tolerance, flexibility, patience, firmness, nearly every other brave aspect of the human soul. For He’s our creator and our only God.

  43. I thank God for giving His only Son to die for our sins! I will praise Jesus and will accept Him as my savior. :)

  44. I give you my praise, O Lord, because you have granted me eternal blessings and made me glad with the joy of your presence.

  45. I praise and honor you, Father, because you are a God who loves to answer prayer, and who begins to answer even before I begin to pray.

  46. Thank you, dear God, for all You have given me, for all You have taken away from me, for all You have left me.

  47. Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns.

  48. Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.

  49. We are so taken up with the affairs of the present that we don’t have time to give thanks for blessings of the past that God has given us.

  50. Heavenly Father, I give you my praise and adoration, because you are a “faithful God, keeping your covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love you and keep your commands.

  51. God, I praise you for you made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you

  52. All honor and praise be to you, my God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

  53. Father God, I praise you because you are a shield around me, you bestow glory on me and lift up my head’ when I am weary or depressed. I praise you because You are my help and my deliverer.

  54. We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.

  55. I don’t stand for black man’s side, I don’t stand for white man’s side, I stand for God’s side.

  56. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.

  57. Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.

  58. Praise to you, my God, because you are my Jehovah-nissi, God my victory, who always leads me in triumphal procession in Christ.

  59. I praise you, God, for you are a personal God, who gives me the honor of knowing you personally, just like you did to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

  60. I give praise to you, my Father, the only wise God my Saviour.May all glory and majesty, dominion and power, be yours both now and ever.

  61. Father, I praise you because you are patient with all your children, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. Thank you for your patience with me. I hope in the Lord, I seek him and he is good to me.

  62. Bless your name and praise you as my Jehovah-rohi, who will shepherd me and guide me in the paths of righteousness for your name’s sake.

  63. That’s how it often is. God’s voice is usually nothing more than a whisper, and you have to listen very carefully to hear it.

  64. I have faith that God will show you the answer. But you have to understand that sometimes it takes a while to be able to recognize what God wants you to do.

  65. The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time.

  66. There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.

  67. Never forget that God is your friend. And like all friends, He longs to hear what’s been happening in your life.

  68. The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.

  69. We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us.

  70. God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.

  71. Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone one who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.

  72. What the soul hardly realizes is that, unbeliever or not, his loneliness is really a homesickness for God.

  73. Stop asking God to bless what you’re doing. Find out what God’s doing. It’s already blessed.

  74. When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God brings to pass His purposes.

  75. I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

  76. People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil… Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.

  77. Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything godlike about God, it is that. He dared to imagine everything.

  78. Prayer is not an old man’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.

  79. It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.

  80. We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.

  81. Nor does God whisper through the trees. His voice is not to be mistaken. When men hear it they fall to their knees and their souls are riven and they cry out to Him and there is no fear but only wildness of heart that springs from such longing.

  82. In the heartfelt mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will visit us, to shine on those sitting in darkness, in the shadow of death, to guide our feet to the way of peace.

  83. I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.

  84. We’re called to be faithful, to take those first difficult steps–and to leave the results up to God.

  85. God is able to make all grace abound to us, so that in all things at all times, having all that we need, we will abound in every good work.

  86. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it.

  87. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.

  88. The soul hardly ever realizes it, but whether he is a believer or not, his loneliness is really a homesickness for God.

  89. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

  90. God’s word is not just to be heard and repeated, it is to be breathed, lived, and emulated with each action.

  91. For years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out.

  92. The relationship we have with God places us in a situation to advance in knowledge. He has power to institute laws to instruct the weaker intelligence, that they may be exalted with Himself, so that they might have one glory upon another, and all that knowledge, power, glory, and intelligence, which is requisite in order to save them in the world of spirits.

  93. God himself, finding he was in the midst of spirits and glory, because he was more intelligent, saw proper to institute laws whereby the rest could have a privilege to advance like himself.

  94. He is looking for people who will leave father and mother and homeland or anything else that may hold them back from a life of love under the wings of Jesus.

  95. God is not an employer looking for employees. He is an Eagle looking for people who will take refuge under his wings.

  96. Choices will continually be necessary and — let us not forget — possible. Obedience to God is always possible.

  97. The more humble and obedient to God a man is, the more wise and at peace he will be in all that he does.

  98. The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you.

  99. Then let us all do what is right, strive with all our might toward the unattainable, develop as fully as we can the gifts God has given us, and never stop learning.

  100. Before you came into my life, I believed that God had abandoned me. Now I know that He has blessed me beyond measure.

  101. The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time.

  102. There is no logical reason to believe in God. There are emotional reasons, certainly, but I cannot have faith that nothing is something simply because it would be reassuring.

  103. It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley; but not at all so to believe or not in God.

  104. We were given the Scriptures to humble us into realizing that God is right, and the rest of us are just guessing.

  105. Theological formation is the gradual and often painful discovery of God’s incomprehensibility. You can be competent in many things, but you cannot be competent in God.

  106. If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.

  107. There can only be two basic loves… the love of God unto the forgetfulness of self, or the love of self unto the forgetfulness and denial of God.

  108. I take literally the statement in the Gospel of John that God loves the world. I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love.

  109. When I see God I see Beauty, I see Love, I see Joy, I see Peace and I see You. God loves us let us love one another.

  110. O child of God, be more careful to keep the way of the Lord, more concentrated in heart in seeking His glory, and you will see the loving-kindness and the tender mercy of the Lord in your life.

  111. The minute we begin to think we know all the answers, we forget the questions, and we become smug like the Pharisee who listed all his considerable virtues, and thanked God that he was not like other men.

  112. As fallible humans, we usually slip too far over one edge or the other – all wrath and judgment or all grace and love.

  113. He did not cure to prove, to impress, or to convince. His cures were the natural expression of his being our God.

  114. Spirituality is not about being fixed; it is about God’s being present in the mess of our unfixedness.

  115. In my opinion, there are two things that can absolutely not be carried to the screen: the realistic presentation of the sexual act and praying to God.

  116. I know there is a God because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists and therefore I know there is a God.

  117. If I could give you information of my life it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do in His service what He has done in her.

  118. When I lay these questions before God I get no answer. But a rather special sort of ‘No answer.’ It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like, ‘Peace, child; you don’t understand.

  119. God is so immense that if he were ‘too visible,’ people would give forced compliance without expressing their heart. So God made it possible, in enormous love, for us to live as if he were not there.

  120. God and Destiny are not against us, rather they are for us, they are the ones who never forget the things we have long forgotten, the ones who hear the desires of our heart that our own heads can’t hear.

  121. Sometimes doubting is not a lack of faith, but an expression of it. Sometimes to doubt is to merely insist that God be taken seriously not frivolously, to insist that our faith is placed in and upheld by something other than seeming conjuring tricks.

  122. If in my life I fail completely to heed others, solely out of a desire to be ‘devout’ and to perform my ‘religious duties’, then my relationship with God will also grow arid. It becomes merely ‘proper’, but loveless.

  123. But I was always coming here. I though about one of my favorite Sufi poems, which says that God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now.

  124. I don’t have a fixed idea of God. But I feel that it’s us – the messed-up, the half-crazy, the burning, the questing – that need God, a lot more than the goody-two-shoes do.

  125. It’s tragic that extremists co-opt the notion of God, and that hipsters and artists reject spirituality out of hand.

  126. It is straightforward—and never mind, for now, about plagues and famines: if God existed, and if he cared for humankind, he would never have given us religion.

  127. Think of God and not religion, of ecstasy and not mysticism. The difference between the theoretician of faith and the believer is as great as between the psychiatrist and the psychotic.

  128. I mean that the reason God seems to act in ways that make no sense to us is that our perceptions are wrong. Our expectations are subtly twisted.

  129. It’s not about finding ways to avoid God’s judgment and feeling like a failure if you don’t do everything perfectly. It’s about fully experiencing God’s love and letting it perfect you.

  130. If God rewards us on earth for good deeds—the Old Testament suggests it’s so, and the Puritans certainly believed it—then maybe Satan rewards us for evil ones.

  131. For he who loves God without faith reflects on himself, while the person who loves God in faith reflects on God.

  132. Why don’t you think of God as the one who is coming, who has been approaching from all eternity… the ultimate fruit of a tree whose leaves we are.

  133. God loves you with an unearthly love. You can’t win it by being winsome. You can’t lose it by being a loser. But you can be blind enough to resist it.

  134. Personally, I always wondered about authors and celebrities who loudly declared there was no God. It was usually when they were healthy and popular and being listened to by crowds.

  135. Among all the creatures of creation, God favors us: We are the only ones who can empathize with their problems.

  136. I don’t think God wants to be worshiped. I think the only pure worship of God is by loving one another, and I think all other forms of worship became a substitute for the love that we should show one another.

  137. I had once read to her how God had cast a man and woman out of paradise. Yet, for all their human faults and failures. God had shown them the way back in.

  138. Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.

  139. What the disciples are doing is merely letting their good works shine that other people may praise the Heavenly Father!

  140. Nice website!! may more people come to find this one.. It do helps a lot in knowing more of God’s Word..

  141. How nice it is to be in a ministry of God!! It do helps people to see that God find ways in extending His love towards His children..

  142. Glory to God! His ministries are keep on extending and helping people to see that God is great through His chosen people..

  143. Great! It’s nice to be in the ministry of God.. It shows God’s love towards others even in helping the poor..

  144. Indeed.. Whatever ministry we have.. we should do it for the glory of God!! May God bless those who are working in their ministries..

  145. True! I agree with the two previous comments, but hopefully more persons would feed their spiritual body. Nice website! God bless..

  146. Thanks! May this website open the eyes of every people to help the one’s that are in need. Not to avoid them like they have a horrible disease.

  147. I agree with the previous comment. Praying to God to nourish their bodies, physically and spiritually.

  148. God allows his people to have its understanding that comes from God that they might do good works and lead people to also praise God!!

  149. A website like this, allows people to know more of the scripture specially those text that are not so familiar..

  150. All the honor and praises belongs to our great God for all his ways of making His children feel His love

  151. I’ve learned a lot through reading scriptures.. Glory to God for this website.. looking forward for more things to learn about God..

  152. Whatever you do,.. do it for the Glory of God.. just like the disciples..they might told to preach the word but another thing must be done.. so they prayed for it for it is also a ministry of God..

  153. Now the believers of Christ is decreasing exponentially. Praying for another 7 chosen ones to appear.

  154. No matter what our life’s status, there is no reason that we can’t praise God..because God do have its own way of granting the request of His people..

  155. You have been a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. Those disciples helped Him for he provides everything.

  156. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! God bless the owner of this website.

  157. Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.

  158. We shall seek the place that the LORD your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there.

  159. If God solves your problem because you have faith in His ability. The disciples have chosen them because they found their pure faith to Him.

  160. Wow! No wonder there’s too many comments on this blog. Such informative and wise post. I’ll be back for more!

  161. I realized that God is really willing to help i every situation we are facing.. Just a matter of faith!

  162. I praise you that my learning is an individual journey that I do not undertake all on my own in the Bible, but with fellow believers and the Holy Spirit to give greater order to my thoughts

  163. I praise You for day to day life, and realizing that You gave Yourself brings gratitude for Your love that permeates my life.

  164. I exalt You for taking the form of a man to die on the cross in atonement for my sins and for rising again that I might share in Your life.

  165. Praise is worshiping God with no agenda, and no focus, except to love Him and to worship Him with all your heart.

  166. Praise activates the angelic realm, and also gets the Holy Spirit’s attention as long as it is done with the right heart! And with that alone, it should tell you that Praising God is a very important part of every Christian Success journey.

  167. God is WORTHY to be Praised! He is worthy to be adored and cherished. And if more people would spend more time praising God, instead of complaining to Him, Success would be so much easier.

  168. Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

  169. When the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

  170. Out of the mouth of babes and infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

  171. We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light

  172. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  173. The Lord Jesus said that if men should refuse to praise Him and should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

  174. Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.

  175. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

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