The primary concern of the apostles was the ministry of the word, but they did not disregard the poor and needy.

BibleGateway: Acts 6:1-7

ESV Text: Acts 6:1-7

KJV Text:

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     1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 442:
Lord of Glory, Who Has Bought Us

— Organ Audio

1. Lord of Glory, who hast bought us 
With Thy life-blood as the price, 
Never grudging for the lost ones 
That tremendous sacrifice; 
And with that hast freely given 
Blessings countless as the sand 
To the unthankful and the evil 
With Thine own unsparing hand; 

2. Grant us hearts, dear Lord, to yield Thee 
Gladly, freely, of Thine own; 
With the sunshine of Thy goodness 
Melt our thankless hearts of stone 
Till our cold and selfish natures, 
Warmed by Thee, at length believe 
That more happy and more blessed 
‘Tis to give than to receive. 

3. Wondrous honor hast Thou given 
To our humblest charity 
In Thine own mysterious sentence, 
“Ye have done it unto Me.” 
Can it be, O gracious Master, 
Thou dost deign for alms to sue, 
Saying by Thy poor and needy, 
“Give as I have given to you”? 

4. Yes, the sorrow and the sufferings 
Which on every hand we see 
Channels are for tithes and offerings 
Due by solemn right to Thee; 
Right of which we may not rob Thee, 
Debt we may not choose but pay, 
Lest that face of love and pity 
Turn from us another day. 

5. Lord of Glory, who hast bought us 
With Thy life-blood as the price, 
Never grudging for the lost ones 
That tremendous sacrifice, 
Give us faith to trust Thee boldly, 
Hope, to stay our souls on Thee; 
But, oh! best of all Thy graces, 
Give us Thine own charity.