Organic Growth of the Early Church, Part One

Acts 6:1-7 ~ Organic Growth of the Early Church

This week we started a new section of Acts where Luke turns our attention away what was going on in the Temple courts to the inevitable challenges of exponential growth and diversity.

We evaluated internal evidence that Luke was possibly using a new source(s) for this section including the introduction of previously unused terms which are common in his Gospel and throughout the rest of Acts. 

Fast Growth Leads to Logistical Issues

As the group of Christ followers experienced exponential growth, it was only a matter of time before logistical issues arose which could potentially derail the unity they were experiencing. 

We discussed the difference between “Hebrews” and “Hellenists” in this passage,  comparing various translations to the original Greek, and we discussed how this distinction is evidence of a new source for our historian author. 

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Acts 6:1-7 ~ Organic Growth of the Early Church

Evidence for a new source; Expanded narrative; Growth problems & solutions

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Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission), and she is on the board of directors at Shield Your Faith (an apologetics ministry). She and her husband of 21 years have one son who is in the 10th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, and enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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