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Acts 6 Study, Reading & Discussion/ Seven Deacons Ordained/ Stephen Accused of Blasphemy ...

Good evening, my brothers and sisters in Christ.


Summary:


Jared led a discussion on Acts chapter 6, the selection of seven deacons, and the growing number of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem. He emphasized the importance of diverse ministries and the separation of duties. Jared also discussed the Church's internal and external struggles, the Old Testament's transformation and change, and the concept of the Holy Spirit being the key to power. The discussion also touched on the martyrdom of Stephen.


Debate Over Neglected Widows in Acts 6 Time 0:00


Jared led a discussion on Acts chapter 6. The chapter discusses the selection of seven deacons, including Stephen and Philip, to serve the Hebrew and Hellenist widows after a complaint arose that their widows were neglected. Stephen, who was full of faith and wisdom, performed miracles and debated with Jewish leaders but was ultimately accused of blasphemy and brought to the council. The discussion also touched on the growing number of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem and the conflicts between the Hebrews and the Hellenists.


Church Struggles and Diverse Ministries Time 5:38


Jared discussed the internal struggles within the Church and how they affected the Church's progress. He emphasized the importance of diverse ministries and the separation of duties, highlighting the Orthodox Church's model where bishops focus on prayer and the laity serves. Jared also delved into the selection of the seven deacons, ordained by the apostles, and the growth of the Church following this.


Old Testament Transformation: Jared's Discussion Time 11:33


Jared discussed the concept of transformation and change in the Old Testament, specifically focusing on Hebrews Chapter 7, verse 12. He mentioned that the charge that Jesus would destroy the temple was levied against him at his trial, which was a misinterpretation of two of his sayings. He also referenced the prophecy of the temple's destruction, which was fulfilled in AD 70 when the Romans destroyed the temple as punishment for the Jewish rebellion. Lastly, he referred to Exodus and the shining face of Moses, drawing parallels to Jesus and the transformation of believers in the age to come.


Stephen's Defense and Martyrdom Time 16:48


Jared discusses Acts chapter 6 and mentions that Steven is being accused of blasphemy and will be martyred for his faith in Christ. The study will be broken up to focus on Stephen's defense and the martyrdom of Stephen. The participants pray to understand better Act 6 and the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They also discuss the power of the Holy Spirit and how it is the key to the power of the Father and Son and The Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.


In Christ, love Jared W. Campbell





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