Stephen’s Faithfulness Leads To Death

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Acts 7:46-60

David found favor in God’s sight, and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the [a]God of Jacob. 47 But it was Solomon who built a house for Him. 48 However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says:

49 ‘Heaven is My throne,
And earth is the footstool of My feet;
What kind of house will you build for Me?’ says the Lord,
‘Or what place is there for My repose?
50 ‘Was it not My hand which made all these things?’

51 “You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did. 52 Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; 53 you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.”

Stephen Put to Death

54 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they begangnashing their teeth at him. 55 But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; 56 and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. 58 When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lordand said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” 60 Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he [b]fell asleep.

Discussion Questions

February 3rd ,2019

Discussion Questions:

Discussion Questions: Acts 7:46-60 1. What are some attributes of Stephen’s character that are Christlike? Where do you find these in Scripture today? For example, if you were being stoned to death, would you be praying for your killers?

2. What are some of the idols that the religious leaders are focused on (Acts 7:46-50). After reading these scriptures, what are some of your personal idols that you place in front of God in your life?

3. What does the term “stiff-necked people” refer to in Acts 7:51? Where else is this term used in the old testament? Hing: Exodus 33:5. Can you think of a time in your life that your were disobedient to God? How did your disobedience turn out for you?

4. At the time of Stephen’s death, what are two key prayers of his? (Acts 7:57-60). Do these sound familiar and where can we find other examples in the Bible? Luke 23:45 and Luke 23:34. Does anything stand out to you with these prayers? 5. What are several key future implications from the death of Stephen that Pastor Chris shared?