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This week we are continuing our series in the book of Acts!
Last Sunday, we heard the origin story of the office of deacon in the church.
This week, we're excited to continue our series in Acts! Our sermon text is Acts 6:8-15.
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 11 Then they secretly instigated men who said, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God." 12 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council, 13 and they set up false witnesses who said, "This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law, 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us." 15 And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
1. Why did these men rise up to dispute with Stephen? What lies behind their accusations?
2. What is Satan's aim in silencing faithful proclamation of the gospel? How do these accusations play into Satan's attack on the church? (see Genesis 3, John 8:44)
3. What gave Stephen the boldness and wisdom to dispute with these men? How might this encourage us when we feel inadequate for evangelism/discipleship/defending the truth?
4. Was Stephen's persecution a result of his sin/unfaithfulness, or his faithfulness? (See 2 Tim. 3:12). How does the book of Acts give us a realistic picture of how we will be viewed/treated when we follow Jesus?