Stephen Was Full Of It! Slides, 9/8/13

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Stephen Was Full Of It! Slides, 9/8/13

  1. 1. Stephen  was  FULL  of  it!   And  what  they  said  pleased  the  whole  gathering,   and  they  chose  Stephen,  a  man  full  of  faith  and   of  the  Holy  Spirit,  …   Acts  6:5  ESV   And  Stephen,  full  of  grace  and  power,  was  doing   great  wonders  and  signs  among  the  people.     Acts  6:8  
  2. 2. And  Stephen,  full  of  grace  and  power,  was  doing   great  wonders  and  signs  among  the  people.   Then  some  of  those  who  belonged  to  the   synagogue  of  the  Freedmen  (as  it  was  called),   and  of  the  Cyrenians,  and  of  the  Alexandrians,   and  of  those  from  Cilicia  and  Asia,  rose  up  and   disputed  with  Stephen.  But  they  could  not   withstand  the  wisdom  and  the  Spirit  with  which   he  was  speaking.  
  3. 3. Then  they  secretly  insDgated  men  who  said,  “We   have  heard  him  speak  blasphemous  words  against   Moses  and  God.”  And  they  sDrred  up  the  people   and  the  elders  and  the  scribes,  and  they  came  upon   him  and  seized  him  and  brought  him  before  the   council,  and  they  set  up  false  witnesses  who  said,   “This  man  never  ceases  to  speak  words  against  this   holy  place  and  the  law,  for  we  have  heard  him  say   that  this  Jesus  of  Nazareth  will  destroy  this  place   and  will  change  the  customs  that  Moses  delivered   to  us.”  
  4. 4. And  gazing  at  him,  all  who  sat  in  the  council  saw   that  his  face  was  like  the  face  of  an  angel.   Acts  6:8-­‐15  ESV  
  5. 5. 3  Trials:   1.  Ends  in  a  warning  to  Peter  &  John  (4:21),     2.  Ends  with  all  the  apostles  beaten  (5:40),     3.  Ends  in  Stephen’s  death.  
  6. 6. Tipping  Point   Jews  in   Jerusalem   Ends  of   the  Earth   Stephen  
  7. 7. People’s  Favor   •  Acts  2:47  –  immediately  a[er  Pentecost   •  Acts  4:21  –  a[er  lame  beggar  healed     •  Acts  5:13  –  a[er  death  of  Ananias  &  Saphira   •  Acts  5:26  –  a[er  apostles  are  arrested  
  8. 8. Why  Stephen?   1.  Stephen  was  FULL!  
  9. 9. Stephen  was  FULL  of:   • Faith   • Holy  Spirit   • Grace   • Power  
  10. 10. Therefore,  brothers,  pick  out  from  among  you   seven  men  of  good  repute,  full  of  the  Spirit  and   of  wisdom,  whom  we  will  appoint  to  this  duty.   Acts  6:3  (ESV)  
  11. 11. Why  Stephen?   1.  Stephen  was  FULL!   2.  Stephen  was  so  FULL,  he  was  OPPOSED!  
  12. 12. REMEMBER  THIS     Fullness  of  God’s  Spirit  in  our  lives  will:   •  Draw  people  to  Jesus   •  AND  will  a^ract  criDcism/opposiDon  
  13. 13. Why  Stephen?   1.  Stephen  was  FULL!   2.  Stephen  was  so  FULL,  he  was  OPPOSED!   3.  Stephen  was  so  FULL,  he  SHINED!  
  14. 14. “And  gazing  at  him,  all  who  sat  in  the  council   saw  that  his  face  was  like  the  face  of  an  angel.”    

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