Read Acts 6:1-7
In this chapter we see the result of the defection that was in the church, such as Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Ghost. Now in chapter six the defection led to the selection of deacons.
We need to recognize that this took place in the early church. They had attempted a form of communal living and, actually, it succeeded for a short while. Then carnality entered into the church.
Now we find that there was murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews. This was not a clash between the races, but with those whom had a Greek background in culture known as “Hellenists.”
Here in verse 2 the apostles felt that they should not give up the study of the Word of God. They felt it was important for them to continue with that.
If they gave up the study of the Word of God and served tables, that would weaken the church, which some say had a membership of approximately 25,000 souls.
I think we all recognize the importance of the man of God studying the Word of God and spending time in prayer.
Look at verses 3-4, May I say that the office of a deacon requires more spirituality and wisdom and prayer than any other office in the church.
Now notice the qualifications:
1. Men of honest report: Their honesty was to be unquestionable.
2. Men full of the Holy Ghost: Not to be filled with wine, but with the Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”
3. Men of wisdom: Spiritual men who are able to apply spiritual truth.