Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 15

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

 

 

Well, here we are for another segment of our study through the book of Acts! We just finished our first review; So if you have fallen behind now is the perfect time to jump on board. If you would like to go back and review the lessons from previous posts you can do that here:     http://wp.me/P39vIx-Gh

Do not, however, feel obligated to do so. It is possible to just pick up from this point and join in the conversation!

Now on to the study:

Acts Chapter 6:1-7

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. Acts 6:1-7NIV

Please explain In your own words what you see  happening in these verses:

Quick note:Many priests  get saved. That is significant because  In Acts Chapter 5 we have a lack of leadership because of the events with Ananias and Sapphirra. That lack is largely dealt with here in acts 6

What do you think causes so many priests to become convinced that Jesus is the Way?

5 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 15

    • You raise a good point Tom. The Word of God was already deeply rooted inside of these men so when the light finally came on for them I imagine a lot of things fell into place quickly. Yet even knowing the Word as they did these were the men who adamantly stood against the proposition of Jesus as Messiah. What do you thin changed their minds and began to cause the Word of God to move from their minds into their hearts?

  1. Its obvious that the church was growing fast and the disciples could not possibly keep track of everything that was happening or not happening for that matter. I think by asking to people to choose the seven wise and spirit filled men from their own community was one way leadership was going to grow. When there is a situation that needs immediate attention people are more apt to jump in and help versus volunteering when there is no immediate issue. What I mean is that the widows needed to be taken care of no matter which kind of Jew they were (Hellenistic or Hebraic). I think the disciples were deep in prayer over the fact that there was a lack of leadership in the church so He provided a way.
    I think so many priests believed that Jesus was the Way because they had the knowledge of the scriptures to, if you will, compare notes with the gospel being spoken. I also believe that after hearing the gospel spoken several times that many of them had a revelation occurred in their heart and we all know God can change someone’s heart.

    • I agree with both you and Tom. I believe that many of these ment were probably right on the cusp of believing because they knew the Word of God and could see how Jesus clearly fit the promise of the Messiah. But I alos think that it was this move by the church to care for the widows and to live out the Word of God in action that really pushed the priests over the edge. there is something about watching a Christian live out their belief in practice that turns the heart of the staunchest unbeliever to conviction. OUr actions sometimes do speak louder than our words and what the world needs to see before it commits to our cause is Jesus with flesh on.

      • Here is a quote that frequently gets thrown at Christians.

        I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. — Mahatma Gandhi

        Of course, Christ Jesus is perfect, and we are not. So what is relevant is whatever difference believing in Christ makes within each of us over time.

        In our era, we have experienced a dearth of Christian charity, and many have a deaden faith. When government insists upon redistributing the wealth, we as a society go through the motions of charity. We don’t know what exactly charity might be. I know I puzzle over the matter. I puzzle over the matter because I know the issue is important.

        James 2:14-17 Good News Translation (GNT)

        14 My friends, what good is it for one of you to say that you have faith if your actions do not prove it? Can that faith save you? 15 Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat. 16 What good is there in your saying to them, “God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!”—if you don’t give them the necessities of life? 17 So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead.

        The priests saw in the apostles and those they had disciples a faith that was not dead. That faith made many angry, but many it converted.

        And so we each must ask. What have I done to prove to myself my faith is not dead?

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