Acts chapter 6

T.I.M.E. to L.I.F.E. – Acts 6:1-6

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In becoming a disciple of Christ I found that God is into diversity and He is also into mercy for those who struggle under discrimination. We see that so clearly from our passage today. When some the foreigners of that early church were being overlooked in the distribution of food by those who considered themselves purebred Jews, God escalated it to be dealt with by the Apostles! It wasn’t to be swept under the rug. They weren’t told suck it up second class buttercups!

God frowns on discrimination among his children of any sort and cared deeply that this newborn church got off on the right foot. He wants more than lip service from those called by His name.

1. How do you feel when you see people being mistreated or abused?

2. What is one thing you are passionate about?

3. What was the conflict spoken of in (Acts 6:1)? (Lev 19:15; Deut 1:17; Mal 3:5; Acts 10:34; Gal 3:28; Col 3:25; James 2:1-9)

4. Have you ever been discriminated against? If so what were the circumstances? If not have you witnessed it?

5. What was the response of the Apostles in Acts 6:2,4 and how does it help us to understanding the purpose of the church? (Isaiah 49:1-5; Jer 1:4-5; Rom 1:9-10; Rom 11:29; Rom 12:6-7; 1 Cor 1:26; 1 Cor 9:16; 1 Cor 12:5; 1 Cor 7:17-21; Gal 1:15-16; Eph 1:15-17, Eph 4:12; Eph 6:7; Eph 3:14-21; Phil 1:4,9,10,11;Col 1:9-13; 1 Tim 4:13-16; 2 Tim 2:4;2 Tim 4:2; 1 Pet 4:10-11)
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6. Why did the Apostles need help? (Ex 18:17-26; Deut 1:9-14)

7. What were the qualifiers the apostles insisted upon? (Acts 6:3) (Num 11:17; Num 27:18; Job 32:7-8; Act 2:4; Gen 41:38-39; 1 Tim 3:7-10;1 Tim 5:10; James 1:17;James 3:17; 3 John 1:12)
wisdom is given by God:
Exodus 31:3; 1 Kings 3:12; 4:29; 2 Chronicles 1:10; Ezra 7:25; Psalms 9:7; Proverbs 2:6; Ecclesiastes 2:26; Daniel 2:20; Luke 21:15; Acts 6:10; 7:10; James 1:5; 2 Peter 3:15
wisdom characteristics:
Deuteronomy 4:6; Job 28:28; Proverbs 1:5; 4:7; 10:8; 14:8; 24:7; Hosea 14:9; Matthew 7:24; James 3:13, 17
8. How did the church respond to the Apostles advice? (Acts 6:5-6) (Prov 15:1)
9. What did the Apostles do with the men chosen?(Acts 6:6) (1 Tim 4:14; 1 Tim 5:22;2 Tim 1:6)