Seven Chosen to Serve (6:1-7). The disciples continued to grow in number (see 2:41; 4:4; 5:14). But with growth come problems. The Greek-speaking Jews complained that their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. The apostles devoted to prayer and the ministry of the word, advised the disciples to select seven men – well-attested, full of the Spirit and of wisdom – who could be put in charge of this necessary task. Among the seven were Stephen (see 6:8-7:60) and Philip (see 8:4-40). Thus, the word of God continued to spread and the number of disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly (see 6:1).
Stephen is Arrested (6:8-15). Stephen full of grace and power was performing wonders and signs among the people (see 2:17-22, 43; 4:30; 5:12). Nevertheless, some men from the Synagogue of the Freedmen began to argue with Stephen. Unable to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. They secretly instigated some men to say, “We have heard this man speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God” (6:11). This incited the Jews to seize him and bring him before the council. But to the dismay of his accusers, he stood before the council with an angelic glow on his face.
Two practical lessons to consider: (1) Great leadership requires wisdom. (2) No ministry is unimportant.