Finding 7 Helpers
AD35 - Acts 6:1-7
As the number of the disciples kept growing one of the problems that arose was to look after the widows and young children.
The Apostles said to the group chose seven helpers. They chose a number of men most were non Jews yet all were very Godly men, some of them were to do great things for God.
Seven helpers were chosen to help to do the jobs that needed to be done, so that the twelve Apostles could concentrate on prayer and teaching.
The Choosing of the Seven
1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing,
the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because
their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together
and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the
word of God in order to wait on tables. 3
Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of
the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the
ministry of the word." 5 This proposal pleased
the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the
Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and
Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men
to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 7 So the word
of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly,
and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
The use of these seven helpers was the start of using stewards or deacons.