This is the second of six divisions in the book of Acts. The Holy Spirit having come upon the disciples in Jerusalem results in the persecution of the newly born church. The persecution scatters the church from Jerusalem to Samaria. Now the Jewish Church that began in Jerusalem is becoming mixed with Gentiles. As we saw in the first seven verses of chapter six, the spontaneous growth of the church brought challenges that were met by selecting spiritually qualified leaders.
Now we will continue to observe and discover the key principles that are applicable today.
Acts 6:8-15: Stephen was “full of grace and _______”, doing great wonders and signs among the people, not human wisdom.
Acts 7:1-53: Stephen used the Word of God to confront a “stiff-necked people” who “always resist the Holy Spirit”.
Acts 7:54-60: Stephen is “full of the Holy Spirit” as he faces death and sees the “glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God”. This is the reward of walking in the Spirit and being led by Him!
Acts 8:1-8: The stoning of Stephen fostered persecution and the church was further scattered. But those scattered ________ the word. Philip went out proclaiming Christ, working signs and wonders, so that “there was much joy in that city”.
You will notice that I am not providing the application to these “key principles”. That is where you must ask the Holy Spirit to assist you in making the application to yourself and the church in your culture. How exciting to know that He wants to help us cross the bridge from THEN to NOW!
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