Long Live the Revolution - Part 4 - Stephen

As the early church continues to grow, seven men are chosen to help minister and serve the growing congregation. Acts 6 tells us that Stephen is one of the seven chosen and he turns out to be a very important part of the revolution that is the church. His life and death stand as a transitional part of the book of Acts. After his death, the church falls under a lot of persecution. However, rather than bringing the revolution to a halt, it has the opposite effect. The church rapidly expands from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria and ultimately, the whole world.

Sunday Recap 

Series:  Long Live the Revolution (Part 4)

Text:  

Acts 6:1-15

Acts 7:51-8:3

Big Ideas:

* The church is growing rapidly and needs to organize it’s leadership.  So 7 men are chosen to help the Apostles serve and minister to the church.

* Stephen is the first one chosen… a man who is full of faith and the Holy Spirit.

* Persecution is also ramping up against the church as it grows. 

* Stephen has good character in a world full of shady characters

* Stephen is committed to truth in a world full of lies

* Stephen makes a lasting impact in a world where everything fades away.  

Questions:

1.  What was most interesting or encouraging to you about the sermon this week?

2.  What was most challenging to you about the sermon this week?

3.  Read the texts above about Stephen.  What stands out to you most about him from these passages?  What aspects of his character do you find most admirable or noteworthy?

4.  Stephen was a man of good character.  How do we grow in our character… or how do we allow God to grow our character?  

5.  Stephen was absolutely committed to truth and it cost him his life.  Has there ever been a time in your life when being committed to the truth cost you something?  How might being committed to truth cost us?  

6.  Stephen’s life and death made a lasting impact for the sake of the gospel.  How might our lives also make a lasting impact for the sake of the gospel in our world?