Acts 6



This chapter focuses on the organization of the early Christian community to address practical needs, particularly the equitable distribution of resources. It introduces Stephen, one of the seven chosen for this task, who becomes notable for his powerful ministry and the subsequent opposition he faces.


  1. Appointment of the Seven (Acts 6:1-7): As the number of believers increases, a complaint arises among the Hellenistic Jews that their widows are being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. The apostles, wanting to focus on prayer and the ministry of the word, propose selecting seven men full of the Spirit and wisdom to oversee the task. The proposal is accepted, and Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas are chosen and presented to the apostles. The word of God continues to spread, and the number of disciples multiplies.
  2. Stephen's Ministry and Opposition (Acts 6:8-15): Stephen, one of the seven, is described as being full of grace and power, performing great wonders and signs among the people. Some from the Synagogue of the Freedmen dispute with Stephen but are unable to withstand his wisdom. They falsely accuse him of blaspheming against Moses and God. Stephen's face is said to shine like that of an angel.