Stephen was one of seven chosen as a deacon, and was also preaching the Gospel. After disagreements with the Synagogue of Freedmen, they induced people to lie about him and accused him of blasphemy.
Stephen, rather than defending himself, began a lengthy defense of the Christian faith. Playing to a highly Jewish audience, he traced the history of Israel from Abraham to Moses in the first thirty-six verses of chapter 7.
Exploring the Text
Reviewing the Story
“Stephen used his trial before the Jewish leaders to deliver a sermon which traced the redemptive work of Jesus through the Old Testament. They became very angry, and eventually killed Stephen.” — David Jeremiah
How does Stephen end his sermon in Acts 7:51-53? What did Stephen witness as he was dying? (Acts 7:55-56)
How did Philip help the Ethiopian official see that Jesus was the promised Messiah? (Acts 8:30-35)
Applying the Message
How have you seen God use trials and challenges to further the work of His kingdom?
Reflecting on the Meaning
“The stories of Stephen and Philip help us to understand that God has called us to a courageous faith. Our courage comes from our conviction...and our conviction comes from the Word of God. If we fix our hearts on God’s Word, we will get conviction. When we get conviction, God will give us courage. When we have courage, we will do even the hard things that come our way for the sake of Hid kingdom.” — David Jeremiah
We will be studying Acts chapter 9 next week. Thank you for joining in this study.
— Pastor John Guess