In this Bible study, we will delve into Acts Chapter Six, exploring the account of the appointment of the seven deacons, the situation that led to their appointment, and the growth of the early church. We will also study the role of Stephen and the challenges he faced. As we study this chapter, let us ponder on the questions provided, which will help us gain a deeper understanding of the passage and apply its lessons in our lives.
Reading: Acts 6:1-15 (NIV)
I. The Appointment of the Seven Deacons (Acts 6:1-7)
In the early days of the church, what problem arose that needed to be addressed? (Acts 6:1)
How did the apostles respond to this issue, and what solution did they propose? (Acts 6:2-4)
What were the qualifications that the apostles sought in those who would be appointed as deacons? (Acts 6:3)
Who were the seven men chosen to serve as deacons? (Acts 6:5)
How did the appointment of the deacons impact the early church's growth? (Acts 6:7)
II. Stephen's Ministry and Opposition (Acts 6:8-15)
How is Stephen described in Acts 6:8, and what types of signs and wonders did he perform?
Who began to argue with Stephen, and why were they unable to stand up against his wisdom and the Spirit by whom he spoke? (Acts 6:9-10)
What false accusations were brought against Stephen, and how did these accusations echo the charges against Jesus? (Acts 6:11-14)
What notable feature did the members of the Sanhedrin observe when they looked at Stephen? (Acts 6:15)
In what ways can the appointment of the seven deacons serve as a model for churches today when it comes to selecting leaders and addressing practical needs within the congregation?
How can we, as Christians, ensure that our focus remains on spiritual priorities, like the apostles who devoted themselves to prayer and the ministry of the word?
Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit, wisdom, and faith. How can we develop these qualities in our lives, and what impact might they have on our Christian walk and witness?
In the face of opposition, Stephen remained steadfast in his faith. How can we prepare ourselves to face challenges and opposition in our own lives as believers?
Heavenly Father, thank You for the lessons we learn from Acts Chapter Six. Help us to grow in wisdom, faith, and the power of the Holy Spirit as we serve You and others. Strengthen us to face opposition with courage and grace, and guide us in selecting leaders who prioritize prayer and Your Word. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.