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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Acts Chapter 6 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Luke
Date Penned: (63-70 AD)
Overview: Peter's Ministry (c 1-12)
Theme:  The Establishment of the Church (c 1-7)
Message: Stephen is Arrested (v 1-15)

Acts 6 Commentary

(6:1-7) Seven Men Chosen to Serve - From arrests at the hands of the Jews to the attempted deception within the congregation, the early days of the church seemed difficult. Yet the growth was phenomenal! Chapter 6 returns to an internal problem—some apparent discrepancies in the distribution of goods to the needy widows in the congregation. The result: complaints from those who thought they were being discriminated against and a rising tide of anger. It was a potential disaster. But the Spirit-filled apostles wisely solved the young church’s problem.

(6:8-15) Stephen is Arrested - Around the world, the gospel has most often taken root in places fertilized by the blood of martyrs. Before people can give their lives for the gospel, however, they must first live their lives for the gospel. One way that God trains his servants is to place them in insignificant positions. Their desire to serve Christ translates into the reality of serving others. Stephen was an effective administrator and messenger before becoming a martyr. For faithfully discharging his duties as a believer, Stephen was arrested.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Church is to Work as a Team

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Acts Chapter 6. In our text today we see the Lord's plan for the growing Church as men are appointed to help in the growing Ministry of the Lord. In making application we see the Lord's plan for the Church today with deacons and members who are given the responsibility of the Church under the instruction of the Holy Spirit. Today we can work as a team to fulfill the service of the Church and reach the World with the Gospel. How about you? Are you Saved? If so are you attending and working in your local Church? Let us learn from our text today to see God's plan for the Church as those who are saved are to perform His Ministry in and through the local Church as we follow the Holy Spirit of our Lord.


Acts 6

Acts 6

 1And 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.

 2Then 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.

 3Wherefore, 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.

 4But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

 5And 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:

 6Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

 7And 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.

 8And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

 9Then 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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