Sunday, June 14, 2009

Acts 6

The growth of the church brought problems and complaints. Is anyone surprised? People borrowed trouble from other people. The widows themselves did not fuss to the apostles. This problem represents quite a distance from having everything in common a couple chapters ago.

The restructuring is genius. It maintained the primary apostolic values -- prayer and ministry of the word. It met the needs of the moment. And, it was loved by the crowd.

Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit and faith (Acts 6:5) and grace and power (Acts 6:8). The opposition couldn't withstand his wisdom and spirit. Wow! That's what I want to be.

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