Full of Faith and Power (Acts 6:1-15)

Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, October 16, 2022
Part of the Heart of Our Story series, preached at a Sunday Online service

Acts 6 (Listen)

6:1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 11 Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council, 13 and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law, 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.” 15 And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.


Sermon Notes

Heart of Our Story
Full of Faith and Power
Acts 6:1-15

What is your testimony?

Qualities every person should desire:
*Good reputation
*Full of the Spirit and power
*Ability to complete the task
*Ministry has a practical aspect that opens the same door to supernaturally powerful experiences!
*But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Acts 6:4
*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
*But they were unable to cope with the wisdom of the Spirit with which he was speaking. Acts 6:10
*And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel. Acts 6:15

I. Discernment to fulfill your purpose in life - Acts 6:1-4
A. Ministry affords many opportunities
B. Selection effective people is the key
C. Priority of prayer and the Word
*Do you know what He wants to do through you?

II. Wisdom of a choice - Acts 6:5-7
A. Unity in meeting a need
B. Empowering moment of laying on hands
C. Gospel impact spreads beyond religion
*Do you operate with wisdom in choices you make?

III. Supernatural power at work - Acts 6:8-15
A. A man touched by God serves miraculously
B. No one can conquer Holy Spirit power
C. Accusations couldn't stop holiness
*Do you have a Stephen in your life?

Do you see His power at work in you?

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