Acts 6:1-15 (ANIV)
The choosing of the Seven
1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian 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, 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.
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Unspecified by scripture.
General lighting from above, & the 2 candles on the tables in the foreground.
From left to right: A widow, a man pointing out her plight to the apostles. Simon/Peter (in the light coloured outer robe), Matthew (standing behind group of 7 men, looking heavenward. Then comes the group of seven men, Stephen, Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch. John (brother of James & sons of Zebedee) stands behind the group, praying for them, & lastly there is Philip, on the right.
The 4 apostles in this scene I had already designed before, for John’s Gospel.
This scene was drawn for one of our church elders to use in his sermon.