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Acts 6:5,8-7:60 Stoning of Stephen

on June 27, 2012

What a great gift we’ve been given in the description of Stephen.  He was one of the seven men appointed serve in the church and to take on the complaints of the people.  He was described as a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit in verse 5, and in verse 8 it says he was full of grace and power and was doing great wonders and signs among the people.  Stephen was also described as having a face like an angel.  Although his life was cut short, as he was the first recorded person who was martyred for following Jesus Christ, we can see many evidences in his final moments of the Spirit-filled, faith, grace and power that characterized his life.

  • Stephen preached the truth and the history of God’s rescue and redemption of His people boldly before a hostile crowd.
  • He fearlessly called out the sinful condition of the hearts of the men who held his life in their hands.  (7:51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit.”)
  • He possessed the saving faith that upon his death, he would enter the presence of Jesus.
  • He called out in a loud voice petitioning the Lord to show grace to his perpetrators.
  • He followed the example of Christ until His last breath.
  • He fully believed Jesus was worth living and dying for.

Stephen was called upon to lead and serve in the early church.  He fulfilled his responsibilities until the end.  Lord, may it also be said of me that I was a faithful, bold servant of Jesus until my life on earth is ended. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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