Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Acts 6:7 (NKJV)
Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables
Acts 6:2 (NKJV)
Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of goodreputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;
Acts 6:3 (NKJV)
Bible In A Year Reading
Acts 6:7 (NLT) — 7 So God’s message continued to spread. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.
Acts 6:2 (NLT) — 2 So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program.
Acts 6:3 (NLT) — 3 And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility.
Thoughts of Devotion:
The vision that Jesus had to develop and unfold his plan of discipleship initiated in the city of Jerusalem. It was in Jerusalem where the church began in the day of Pentecost. The Lord grew the church of Jerusalem daily, in Acts 2:47 we are told, “praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Great multitudes added to the church daily. We see that at first it began with only 120 people (Acts 1:15), later 3,000 people were added (Acts 2:41) and soon after 5,000 people (Acts 4:4). As we look at this we see how the work and development of discipleship was distinguished in an effective way and with enormous results.
What are we able to see in this strategy of discipleship? We see that the plan of the Lord was primarily to reach and strengthen the church of Jerusalem as a base to later extend to Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth (Acts 1:8). The church in Jerusalem had to grow and become strong; to later have the resources and laborers necessary to send to the entire world. Jerusalem had to become a strong base! This vision of discipleship continues today. God desires to raise our local church as a strong base in the city, to then send and reach the needy cities of the world.
In order to edify such strong base of discipleship it would require a great amount of disciples doing the work of the ministry. Scripture teaches us that in the midst of all this growth there were many needs. The church got to the point of needing more hands to serve and strengthen the work. From amongst them, men of good testimony had to arise; full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, to whom various tasks and works were entrusted (Acts 6:3). These disciples were to serve and do anything necessary to meet needs and as a result the church would be strengthened and become a strong ministerial base.
The Lord this morning is still searching for men and women that would take their place in the work of the Lord. It is necessary to first fortify and edify our local church, to then fulfill the vision of reaching the entire world. The vision is to be able to see a church with all the resources necessary to accomplish the work of the Lord. Is it possible to see this nowadays? The only way is having a strong base of discipleship, without this, it will not be possible! My prayer this morning is that God would raise men and women that would be a part of what God desires to do today. Men and women that would be a part of the base that God has raised in our church. There is need in Jerusalem, Now is the time to take our place!
2 Timothy 2:4 (NKJV) — 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
Acts 4:32 (NKJV) — 32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.
Acts 16:5 (NKJV) — 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
Acts 11:24 (NKJV) — 24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.
Acts 13:2 (NKJV) — 2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”