Bowie Apostolic Church
Acts 6: Wisdom in Ministry
by From the Pastor's Desk on February 6th, 2013

Delegation of Ministry

Acts 6:3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. 
It is awesome to dwell on the power and majesty of Jesus Christ. It is of the utmost importance that His power be manifested in our prayer life so that it enlivens our ministry. But ministry is not all defined solely upon the more spiritual aspects of our experience. There is a practical side of ministry that is just as spiritual as the manifestation of God’s power. God, who is Spirit, is a God of order and wisdom as well.

We see in Acts 6 that the ministry had grown. It was designed to grow. It was destined to grow. Growth in and of itself feels great and gives a sense of accomplishment, but it also brings challenges that require the solicitation of new people. It involves opening up the opportunities for more and more people to be involved in the ministry of the church. The wisdom of the early apostles is that during a powerful move of continuous manifestation, they had the presence of mind to allow new people to have a part in the logistical aspects of ministry. It has clearly been proven that nothing can hinder ministry like the lack of planning and logistics. It is so crucial.

Seven men (represented above) were chosen to continue the distribution of food to the widows of the Hellenists  (Jews who took on the Greek lifestyle). They felt they were being left out. The church at the time operated like a commonwealth. One of the mandates of their culture that derived from the law of Moses was to take care of the widows. If the apostles had started handling this task with a local church that is now at least 8,000 the work would’ve stopped growing as rapidly. Why? Because prayer and studying the word was what kept the work growing. Thank God for people who are willing to serve for the furtherance of the Gospel.

Stephen is Arrested

Acts 6:7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. 8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 
After the logistics were put in place, the bible records that the ministry grew even further. This is the power of good planning and structure. One of those seven men was a man by the name of Stephen. He is a clear example that just because you are not the leader of the pack does not mean you can’t be anointed. As we will soon see in chapter 7, the seven men who were full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom were also full of fire.

The bible records that Stephen was full of grace and power. This man who was assigned to pass out food to widows was also used by God to perform great signs and wonders among people. This is the power of a humble spirit and a submitted life. He is never recorded as feeling jilted because his ministry assignment was not reflective of His miraculous spiritual gifts. This goes to show that our attitude can truly affect how far we can go in being used in the power of the Holy Spirit.

He was chosen for his wisdom and endowment of the Spirit. His character credentials go even further. Not only was he submitted, but he was also anointed. Not only was he anointed, but he was prepared. There were adversaries that disputed with him, but they were not prepared for his ministry. His responses were too powerful. His statements made too much sense. His words were with authority and conviction. They resorted to lying on what he was teaching. As was the case in many situations in the book of Acts and with Jesus Christ Himself, complete fabrications about what people were teaching was good enough to get him arrested.

Stephen was the total package when it comes to being a ministry worker. Who else would God chose to set in motion the next phase of this early church? Let’s read further to see what happens.


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bro roger - February 6th, 2013 at 4:40 PM
GOD BLESS YOU TOVEL, LOVE BROTHER. BRO ROGER
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