Acts – Chapter 7

Sunday, 4 August 2019

The Stoning of Stephen

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  1. Acts Chapter 6 details Stephen being chosen by the Apostles to help with the ministry. Stephen was full of faith and the Holy Spirit. Being full of the Holy Spirit would allow Stephen to have the wisdom he needed to help with the affairs of the Kingdom. The Apostles could continue to proclaim the Word of God and pray. Men of the Synagogue of the Freedmen tried to argue with Stephen about his teachings but he was too wise for them. So they began to spread lies about him. Their lies brought Stephen before the Sanhedrin (Jewish counsel)

    Acts Chapter 7 begins with Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin. He gave them a history lesson about Abraham and Moses. His overall teaching told of the Jewish leaders not following God as they should. Also of how they rejected Jesus and killed him. Jesus rose again and is not sitting at the right hand of the Father… Well, this incited a riot and they stoned Stephen to death. At his death, he asks God to forgive them and to not hold his murder to their charge.

  2. Wow, I don’t know about you but this reminds me of how important it is to be able to deal with lies and criticism even today. Stephen’s response demonstrated the face of an angel. No wonder God was so pleased with him.

    This chapter also reminds us of the religious freedoms we enjoy today. In Stephen’s day, they did not have the 1st Amendment allowing us religious freedoms, freedom of speech, and freedom to assemble. However, we must pay close attention today to how our freedoms are being challenged. In some countries, they do not have the religious freedoms and freedom of speech that we enjoy in America. I’m amazed in watching Africa, how they are rising in their acceptance of Christ and their nation is being lifted by God to be an example. They too, like Stephen, are speaking out and sharing Jesus. God is paying attention to them and their acknowledgement of Christ and their need for a savior. True repentance is being witnessed and progress as a nation is seen.

  3. Spreading the Gospel message of the Kingdom is so critical. The Apostles were building churches and spreading the gospel message which qualified them as Apostles.

    The Gospel message is Righteousness, peace and joy in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14-19). Once the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, they began to walk in their purpose (spreading the Gospel message to the world).

    My question today, is do you know your purpose? Are you a “Vision Walking”. God has a vision for your life…are you walking in it?

  4. Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise of a Savior.

    In Islam, they believe Ishmael (Hagar’s son by Abraham) was the fulfillment of God’s promise and in their minds the prophet Muhammad was his descendant.
    Such confusion. So many are dying because of this misbelief.

    How important is it for Christians to take God’s Word – Christ – to a dying world. We have to be bold like Stephen. He was an example of how to respond to lies and criticism.

  5. Verse 27 and 35. God selects the ones people reject.

    1. Yes He often does!
      God is a God of great justice

  6. Next Sunday, we will be studying Acts, Chapter 8. This blog will be up on Monday, 5 August.
    See you next Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time. (11 August)

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