Acts 6:1-7 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. 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. 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 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
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. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
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.
Grace in Conflict - Acts 6:1-7
“Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” - C.S. Lewis
1 // They Talked About It
2 // They Honored One Another’s Callings
3 // They Submitted to One Another in Love
1 // Talk About It
2 // Honor One Another’s Callings
v. 2 “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word for the ministry (diakonia) of tables.”
v. 4 “We will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry (diakonia) of the Word.”
3 // Submit to One Another in Love
When it comes to conflict, are you prone to stuff, to attack or to avoid?
Who might you need to communicate with?
In what ways have you dishonored the calling of others in the community?
Who could you honor?
Is there something you are not owning up to about yourself?
In what ways may God be calling you to give up power or privilege or control for the sake of love?