June 30, 2019 | Bill Clark
The story of Stephen and his becoming the first Christian martyr can teach us much about what persecution really is and what it is not. Bill Clark explores Stephen's speech and his death and challenges us to take away lessons from this powerful story.
Acts | Week 6 | June 30, 2019
A man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 7:51–52 NIV
You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him.
Acts 8:1 NIV
And Saul was there, giving approval to his death.
The Gospel advanced because of his suffering and sacrifice.
Stephen showed us how to live—and how to die.
Stephen showed us how to love our enemies.
We should beware making an idol of the “good life”