Acts 6 Lesson


The early church was thriving because everyone was doing their part.

Instead of glorifying themselves, they were glorifying God and serving others.

When a problem arose, the entire church got involved, and people stepped up to resolve the issue.

Luke wrote about this in the following scripture:

  • “A complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of foodSo the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.” – Acts 6:1-5.


Appointing deacons to tend to the physical needs of the church allowed the twelve apostles to continue to devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the word (Acts 6:3-4).

Everyone was looking out for each other and rallying around a common purpose.

Because of this, the early church was growing rapidly.

In Luke’s words:

  • “The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.” – Acts 6:7.


The Gospel was spreading, and souls were being saved for two reasons:

  1. People were involved,
  2. People were selfless.

If we want to grow the Lord’s Church, we need to get involved and be selfless also.


Not everyone can preach and teach the way the early apostles did, but everyone can do something!

All of us have been blessed with our own unique set of Spiritual gifts.

We have been given these gifts by God, and He wants us to use them!

According to

  • “People will support the church that meets the needs in their lives or touches the needs and lives of their loved ones. Not only must the church meet the needs, but it must also meet the needs when they occur. The church that can meet a person’s specific need when it occurs will have the best chance of reaching that person for Christ. How can that best be done? By encouraging church members to use their Spiritual Gifts to meet the needs of non-believers in the community. For every need in the life of an unsaved person, there is a Spiritual gift that helps reach that person for Christ.”

That is a great perspective for us to think about!

As Christians, we need to purposely, with intent, look to reach out to those around us and share our spiritual gifts with them.

That is how we glorify God, by serving others.


Of course, the only way to know what people need is to take the time to get to know them.

There is a wise expression:

  • “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

One of the best ways to evangelize is to simply find out what the needs of the people are where you live and then put together a plan to help them.

There is a synergetic effect that takes place when people see us serving others and putting their needs ahead of our own.

They will become curious and may ask questions.

When these questions come, we should do our best to be ready with the appropriate scripture or scriptures.

Peter wrote about this in his first epistle:

  • “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect.” – 1 Peter 3:15.


Serving others is one of the most effective ways to spread the Gospel.

That is why Jesus and the Apostles were constantly out among the people to see what their needs were.

This type of service requires us to be selfless and humble and to put the needs of others ahead of our own.

Consider these three Bible verses:

  1. “Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” -Philippians 2:4,
  2. “Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.” - Luke 6:35,
  3. “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.” - Philippians 2:3.


The early church was successful, in part, because it understood the needs of its members.

People got involved and used their Spiritual Gifts to glorify God and to serve one another.

If we want to grow the church today, we must do as Jesus did, and put others' needs ahead of our own.

We will end today’s lesson with the following words spoken by Jesus.

They remind us of the humble mindset that we are to have as we go about the work of the Lord.



It is very imteresting to read about how the eatly church grew. Our busy lives seem to catch us up, and leave little time for service to our churches. This is an area to ponder. We are here to serve the Lord.


Amen, Kelly!