09.00 & 18.30
Stephen's Gospel Witness & Persecution Leads to Expansion
18 April 2021
The Father of Modern Missions…
You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria & to the ends of the earth!
What/who will drive the gospel out?
The Scene (6:8-15)
Stage 1 – they argue with him!
Stage 2 – they tell lies about him!
Stage 3 – they oppose him!
The Sermon (7:1-54)
Stephen responds to the accusation that he’d spoken against the Temple:
🡺 You have turned the living God into a cultural tribal deity!
Stephen responds to the accusation that he’d spoken against the Law of Moses:
🡺 You have betrayed and murdered the Righteous One!
The Stoning (7:54-8:4)
They gnashed their teeth at him
But Jesus smiled upon him
Stephen is stoned like Jesus!
Persecution breaks out…
The gospel witness expands!
🡺What is your view of God?
🡺Are you prepared to loose your life for the expansion of the gospel?