Presentation on theme: "1 st Christian Martyr. Acts 6:8-15 8 Now Stephen, a man full of Gods grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. 9 Opposition."— Presentation transcript:
1 st Christian Martyr
Acts 6: Now Stephen, a man full of Gods grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia.
Acts 6:8-15 These men began to argue with Stephen, 10 but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.
Acts 6: Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God. 12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin.
Acts 6: They produced false witnesses, who testified, This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.
Acts 6: All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
Profile of Stephen One of First Seven Deacons Man full of Gods Grace and Power Man full of the Spirit of God Man who was able to perform signs, wonders and miracles
Grace Favor or kindness shown without regard to the worth or merit of the one who receives it and in spite of what that same person deserves – Nelsons Illustrated Bible Dictionary (1986) Barclay says that the closest English word may be one who possesses charm.
Division in Synagogue Stephen message was a call for change. The message was an offense The person of Stephen was the face of an angel
Face of an Angel
Stephen Faced False Accusers Who else faced false witnesses before the Sanhedrin? Matthew 26:59-60 (NIV1984) 59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.
Acts 7:1-53 Stephen Gives a History of Israel Before the Sanhedrin Stephen knew his Bible Biblegateway.com
The Stoning of Stephen 54 When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 Look, he said, I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.
57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, Lord, do not hold this sin against them. When he had said this, he fell asleep. 8:1 And Saul was there, giving approval to his death.
Stoning In the Last 30 years an average of 5 people a Year are stoned to death in the Islamic Republic of Iran Males buried in the ground to their waist. Women buried to their chest. The stones should not be so big that they kill the victim quickly, but not too small either.
Stoning of Steven
Stephens Witness He was able to keep his eye on God He was concerned for those he was trying to reach He asked God to forgive them for his murder. He had the chance to witness to Saul who would become the apostle Paul.