Summary of passage: The Grecian Jews (the minority) complained to the Hebraic Jews (the majority) that their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. The 12 Apostles called a meeting and decided to chose 7 men who were full of the Spirit and wisdom to tend to the problem so they could give their attention to prayer and ministry of God’s word.
They chose Stephen, Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch (all Grecians). The problem was fixed and the number of believers grew.
Stephen who was full of God’s grace and power did great miracles. Opposition arose (as always) from different Jewish sects but none of them could outwit Stephen. So they told a lie about him to have him seized. They produced false witnesses against Stephen, accusing Stephen of blasphemy against Moses, God, and Jesus.
Stephen’s face was like the face of an angel.
11a) The widows of the Grecian Jews were being overlooked by the Hebraic Jews in the daily distribution of food.
b) To spread the word of God. Verse 2 In prayer and the ministry of the word. Verse 4
c) They did what all good leaders do: they delegated. They had the Grecian Jews (the ones with the complaint) choose 7 men amongst them who were full of the Spirit and wisdom to handle the distribution of food.
d) To delegate. Include everyone in the decision-making process. Everyone is important and deserves a voice.
12) Deacon means servant. Paul writes in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 Deacons must be worthy men of respect, not indulgent in wine, trustworthy, and a good manager amongst other qualifications. Here, the passage only states they must be full of the Spirit and wisdom.
Conclusions: No where in my Bible in Acts 6 is the word deacons used. I didn’t even think of the 7 as Deacons until this question.
Webster’s Dictionary defines a deacon as a subordinate officer in the Christian church; a Roman Catholic cleric ranking below a priest; a Mormon in the lowest grade of the Aaronic priesthood
When I was a kid, I thought of deacons as old people or elders of the church. We don’t have deacons in my church. I like the word servants of the church better.
Maps: This was the best I could do. It shows all the locations: Cyrene and Alexandria on the coast of Africa, Cilicia above modern-day Israel in Asia Minor. It also has good explanations of what’s coming in Acts.
Good map of Cilicia and great background information: