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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 242/260: Stephen

Read Acts 6-7

Reactions To The Truth

The seven men chosen to serve the widows in Acts 6 were “men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom” (Acts 6:3). One of those men was Stephen. Luke says that Stephen was “full of faith and power” and that he “did great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8). Yet, his teaching got him into trouble with some who did not believe; they “set up false witnesses” (Acts 6:13) and accused Stephen of blasphemy.

The high priest heard the accusation and asked Stephen, “Are these things so?” (Acts 7:1). Rather than defend himself against the charges, Stephen used the time he was given to preach the good news of Jesus. He began by talking about Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph, about Moses and the wilderness wanderings, about Joshua and David and Solomon. He quoted from the prophets Amos and Isaiah.

Stephen then turned his attention to his audience. “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it” (Acts 7:51-53).

Their reaction was quite different than the reaction of the people on Pentecost. Instead of recognizing their great need, Stephen’s audience was stubborn and hard-hearted. They “gnashed at him with their teeth” (Acts 7:54), “they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord” (Acts 7:57), and then they stoned the righteous Stephen.

How do you react when you hear the truth, and that truth speaks against you? Do you seek to correct your shortcomings so that you can serve God appropriately, as He has commanded, or do you ignore the man who has told you what God expects?

Stephen: Uncompromising Devotion (Acts 6-7)

Stephen Uncompromising Devotion Acts 6 Acts 7

Acts 6-7

I. Full of faith

    A. A principal characteristic (Acts 6:5, 8)
    B. Faith is the foundation (2 Peter 1:5-8; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:36-37)

II. Full of power

    A. “Great wonders and signs” (Acts 6:8; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10; Mark 16:20)
    B. Wouldn’t it be easier to evangelize today with miracles? (John 20:30; Acts 6:9, 11-13; 7:54, 59-60; Luke 16:19-31)

III. Full of Scripture

    A. He knew it! (Acts 7)
    B. We can know it too! (Ephesians 5:17-21; Colossians 3:16)

IV. Full of light

    A. They could not deny who Stephen stood with (Acts 6:15)
    B. True Christians cannot help but shine the light of Jesus (Matthew 5:14-16; Philippians 2:15)

V. Full of wisdom

    A. Insurmountable wisdom (Acts 6:3, 10; 7:57)
    B. Through the Scriptures (2 Timothy 4:3-4; 3:15)

VI. Full of courage

    A. Stood up to the opponents of truth (Acts 7:51-56)
    B. We must stand for truth regardless of consequences (Galatians 4:16; Romans 1:16; Ephesians 4:15)

VII. Full of love

    A. “Do not charge them with this sin” (Acts 7:57-60)
    B. The attitude of Jesus (Luke 23:34) and Paul (Romans 9:3; 10:1)

Solving Problems and Growing as a Result (Acts 6:1-7)

Solving Problems Acts 6

Acts 6:1-7

I. The problem

    A. Rapid growth caused neglect (Acts 6:1)
    B. The apostles’ priorities (Acts 6:2)

II. The solution

    A. Delegate responsibilities (Acts 6:3; Exodus 18:17-18, 21)
    B. Let someone trustworthy handle “that” so we can focus fully on “this” (Acts 6:4)

III. The result

    A. The church was pleased (Acts 6:5-6)
    B. The church grew even more because “the word of God spread” (Acts 6:7; Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:15; James 1:21; Acts 5:28; 8:4; 17:6)

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Day 30/260: Read Acts 6

How important is your reputation? When the apostles sought men to help serve the widows, a good reputation was important. Yet, a good reputation does not guarantee a wealth of friends. Winston Churchill said, “If you don’t have any enemies in life you have never stood up for anything.”

Stephen stood for the truth, and his stand created enemies. There were some men who disputed with Stephen, accused him of blasphemy, and even set up false witnesses against him.

Peter wrote, “But even if you should suffer for righteous-ness’ sake, you are blessed. ‘And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.’ But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness has fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil” (1 Peter 3:14-17).

Suffering can come from good or from evil. Do an honest evaluation when you face trouble to be sure your suffering comes from standing for the truth.

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

Acts 2:38. Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”


Pray for strength in your stand for the truth, and for patience in the face of persecution.