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Acts 6 - NIV

The Choosing of the Seven

1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.

2 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.

3 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

4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

5 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.

6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

7 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.

Stephen Seized


Footnotes

a. Acts 6:1 That is, Jews who had adopted the Greek language and culture


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Shared by: Dave McFadden on Oct, 2016
Summary: A message delivered as a charge to the church on the occasion of the ordination of new Deacons.
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Shared by: Jay Tigner on May, 2016
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Shared by: David Henderson on Dec, 2015
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Shared by: James Lee on Dec, 2015
Summary: I would like to thank Pastor Jerry Shirley for sharing this series on Acts. It has been a blessing as well as a great help. I have used these for our church, as I spend my days caring for my dying father.
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Shared by: James Lee on Dec, 2015
Summary: I would like to thank Pastor Jerry Shirley for sharing this series on Acts. It has been a blessing as well as a great help. I have used these for our church, as I spend my days caring for my dying father.
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Shared by: Denn Guptill on Oct, 2015
Summary: We all want our churches to grow, but do we understand the growing pains that go along with the process?
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Shared by: Douglas Phillips on Sep, 2015
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Shared by: Michael J McInally Jr. on Aug, 2015
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Shared by: Russ Barksdale on Jul, 2015
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Shared by: Chuck Sligh on Jun, 2015
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Scripture: Acts 6:1-7
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Shared by: Rick Burdette on Jun, 2015
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Shared by: Dave McFadden on Feb, 2014
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