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Acts 6:8 - 7:60

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When Gods People Pray

WelcomeAnd without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

Acts: Seeing the Spirit at WorkApril 18th Lesson 5April 25st Lesson 6May 2nd TestimonyMay 9th Lesson 7May 16th Lesson 8May 23rd Pete & Cara

And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

What is a Martyr?1: a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion.2 : a person who sacrifices something of great value and especially life itself for the sake of principle.And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6) Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

What is a Martyr?Derived from the Greek word martus , which means witness.And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6) myetymology.com

Stephen : What it means to be Christian WitnessWe can learn what it means to be a Christian witness, by examining 3 aspects of Stephens life:

His CharacterThe Content of his wordsThe Cause of his actions

And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

Our Passage: Acts 6:8 7:60Acts 6:8 15Acts 7:1-8Acts 7:9-19Acts 7:20-29Acts 7:30-36Acts 7:37-43Acts 7:44-53Acts 7:54-60And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

Stephen : What it means to be witnessWe can learn what it means to be a Christian martyr, by examining 3 aspects of Stephens life:

His Character Acts 6:8-15The Content of his wordsThe Cause of his actions

And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

The Character of a Christian WitnessActs 6:5-15Full of faith and the holy spirit (6:5)Full of Gods grace & power (6:8)Did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people (6:8)Wisdom (6:9)Spoke by the Holy Spirit (6:10)His face was like the face of an angel (6:15)And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

Stephen : What it means to be witnessWe can learn what it means to be a Christian martyr, by examining 3 aspects of Stephens life:

His Character The Content of his words Acts 7:1-51The Cause of his actions

And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

The Words of a Christian WitnessActs 7:1-53What was Stephens goal as he spoke to the Sanhedrin?Was he trying to Get out of jailWas he trying to conduct a history lesson?Was he trying to show them the true nature of God?

And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

The Words of a Christian WitnessActs 7:1-53He was preparedHe affirmed what he had in common with his audiencethat salvation was to come through the JewsThey were Gods chosen

And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

The Words of a Christian WitnessActs 7:1-53He identified the recurring problem that the Jews hadThey received the law but were not obedient to it

And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

The Words of a Christian WitnessActs 7:1-53He showed them that their view of God was too limitedGod dwells not in what man has made, but in what God has madeJesus had taken the place of everything in the temple

And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

Stephen : What it means to be witnessWe can learn what it means to be a Christian martyr, by examining 3 aspects of Stephens life:

His Character The Content of his wordsThe Cause of his actions Acts 7:54-60

And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

The Cause of a Christian WitnessActs 7:54-60What motivated Stephen to be a witness and suffer the consequences?To see the glory of GodTo be received into heavenTo seek Gods forgiveness for his persecutors

And without faith it is impossible to please God,because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He existsand that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

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