I have always been intrigued by how early the early church had an “issue”.
But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. Acts 6:1
A solution was found
So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. Acts 6:2
The early church leaders needed to find other capable men to help in the ministry.
Look at the criteria they chose.
And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.” Acts 6:3,4
- Well Respected
- Full of the Holy Spirit
I heard long ago about the Four C’s on bringing on a team member. I have long sense forgotten who came up with this. Please accept my apologies. I know it was not I.
I am not that “C”reative.
I have used this before with Psalm 78:70-72
Their Calling – A sense of “oughtnes”
Their Competency – Their abilities to get the job done
And if these “C”s check out then
The Chemistry they have with our team. Are they a good fit?
Here is a mistake that we often make. We want to know all about their competency and calling. Some organizations/churches place a huge emphasis on callings while others place a huge emphasis on their competency. BUT, it is in their Character where we see again the role the Holy Spirit plays in their life. Does the Spirit lead them? Do they exhibit the qualities of life in the Spirit resulting in the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:16-24?
I need to add an outcome after this situation was resolved.
So God’s message continued to spread. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too. Acts 6:7