- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Acts 6
Church conflict and opposition to church was as old as the birth of the Church. As the number of believers were increasing in the church in Jerusalem, there was a group conflict between native Hebrew Jews and Hellenist Jews regarding food distribution. But the Holy Spirit led them through the conflict to build effective church management and leadership.
Seven chosen to serve (1-7) — The apostles set aside seven people who were full of the Spirit and wisdom, and ordained them to service ministry, distributing food. And they focused themselves more on the ministry of prayer and preaching. This was a model of partnership in ministry in the church with sharing and delegation. The impact of the new leadership was “the word of God spread, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly.” The church grew.
Stephen (8-15) —- Stephen was one of Grecian Jews who previously were Roman prisoners and later granted their freedom. The Synagogue of the Freedmen was the congregation of Grecian Jews. Stephen was unusually gifted defender of Christian faith, empowered by the Holy Spirit. The congregation of the Freedmen, however, incited hostility and hatred among themselves against Stephen and taken him to Sanhedrin.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.