Seven Chosen to Serve

1 In those days, as the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint by the Hellenistic Jewsa against the Hebraic Jewsb that their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution.

References for Acts 6:1

    • a 6:1 - Jews of Gk language and culture
    • b 6:1 - Jews of Aram or Hb language and culture
      2 Then the Twelve summoned the whole company of the disciples and said, "It would not be right for us to give up preaching about God to wait on tables.
      3 Therefore, brothers, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom, whom we can appoint to this duty.
      4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the preaching ministry."
      5 The proposal pleased the whole company. So they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte from Antioch.
      6 They had them stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.c

      References for Acts 6:6

        • c 6:6 - The laying on of hands signified the prayer of blessing for the beginning of a new ministry.
          7 So the preaching about God flourished, the number of the disciples in Jerusalem multiplied greatly, and a large group of priests became obedient to the faith.