Acts 6: In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic 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 and sisters, 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. 8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke. 11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.” 12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.” 15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel. LIVE: Seven people are chosen to perform daily tasks to help the church. One of them, Stephen, is arrested for talking about Jesus. Some people do well with change and some don’t. What is the difference between those who can handle change and those who can’t? It comes down to what we value. Some of us value our own ambition and self-preservation more than Jesus’ mission. If personal comfort is our goal in life, we will fight against change. However, if Jesus is our ultimate treasure, change becomes an exciting opportunity. In Acts 6, the apostles made a tough leadership decision that affected lots of people. Some people probably responded positively and others probably responded negatively. But the apostles realized that without a drastic change, the Gospel would not go as far as fast. Because the early church was willing to change, “a large number of priests became obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7). When change comes, we get to decide what kind of person we’re going to be and what we value. Will we embrace change positively and allow growth to happen? Imagine what can happen in your walk with Jesus when you open your heart to change. Imagine what can happen in our church when we are willing to make the changes necessary to see more and more people hear the Gospel. Reflection Questions: 1- What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you? 2- Are you unwilling to change any area of your life? Why or why not? 3- Is God asking you to change anything in your life today? Anything you need to start doing or stop doing to take your next step?