Acts 6 Outline
– The widows of Grecian Jews and Hebraic Jews argued over unequal food distribution (Acts 6:1)
– The twelve disciples came to a conclusion to choose 7 men to be in charge of this issue (Acts 6:2-4)
– The 7 men were chosen and the apostles laid hands on them (Acts 6:5-6)
– The apostles spread the gospel and the number of Christian converts increase rapidly (Acts 6:7)
– Stephen performed many miracles among the people (Acts 6:8)
– The Synagogue of the Freedman argued with Stephen (Acts 6:9-10)
– The men of the Synagogue of the Freedman produce false witnesses (Acts 6:11)
– A riot was stirred up and Stephen was captured (Acts 6:12-14)
– The members of the Sanherin noticed that Stephen’s face shone like the face of an angel (Acts 6:15)
Acts 6 Summary
During those days, there was a dispute between the widows Grecian Jews and Hebraic Jews because Hebraic Jews get a higher portion of the distribution of food. Then, the 12 disciples gathered together to discuss about the issue.
They finally decided to choose 7 men, who is spirit filled, to undertake the task so that they can devote themselves to prayer and ministering the word of God. The 7 men they chose were Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas. The 7 men were presented to the apostles and they laid hands on them. The apostles concentrated on spreading the word of God and the number of believers increase exceedingly.
Stephen was full of God’s grace and power. He had performed many miracles among the people and this aroused the opposition of the members of the Synagogue of the Freedman which include the Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria. They quarreled with Stephen and accused him of blaspheming against the law of Moses and God.
Because they couldn’t withstand the wisdom of Stephen who was speaking through the Holy Spirit, they produced false witnesses by persuading some men to lie that Stephen blasphemy against God and Moses’ law. This stirred up a riot and Stephen was seized. They brought up false witnesses to testify that Stephen blasphemy the holy place and God’s law.
The false witnesses claimed that Stephen said Jesus will destroy the place and make alterations to the law of Moses. The members of the Sanherin looked intently at Stephen and they noticed his face was shining like the face of an angel.
Acts 6 Bible Study
1. Satan always tried to use our weak points as an opportunity to attack us
The Grecian and Hebraic Jews argued over the unequal food rations. This brought up the attention of the apostles to address the need. Satan always try to use our weak points to attack us. We must never give Satan any foothold to attack us. In 1 Peter 5:8, we must be self controlled and alert. Our enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone weak to devour. In 2 Corinthians 2:10-11, we must not let Satan outwit us for we are not unaware of his schemes. Satan’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus come to give life and give it to the full (John 10:10). In Job 1:7, God asked Satan where has he been and he replied he has roamed through the earth and go back and forth in it.
2. Whatever things you do for God is a noble task
The 12 apostles finally agreed to choose 7 men to be in charge of the food distributions to the Jewish widows. After the 7 men were chosen, they laid their hands on them. Whatever task you do for God is a noble task. In 2 Timothy 2:20-21, in a large house there are not only articles of gold and silver but also articles of wood and clay. Anyone who cleanses himself from the latter can be an instrument for noble purposes, useful to do any work in the kingdom of God.
3. Have faith in God
Because Stephen have faith in God, God did many miracles through him. In Mark 16:18, whoever believes in Jesus will pick up snakes and drink poison and not die. When they place their hands on sick people, they will get well. In Hebrews 11:6, without faith it is impossible to please God. Whoever that draws near to God must believe that he exist and that he rewards them. In Hebrews 11:11, faith is being assured of the things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen.
4. The Holy Spirit teach us what to say
The Holy Spirit teach Stephen what to say before his enemies so that he can testify the gospel to them. In Luke 12:11-12, Jesus tell his disciples not to worry about how to defend themselves or what to say when they are brought before the authorities because the Holy Spirit will teach them what to say at that time.