In our study of Acts last time we saw the ordination of deacons, and now we turn to a detailed story of one of ‘the Seven’. Here we will see the longest speech (sermon) in Acts and a drastic change in the life and nature of the new young church.  We will see the three main sections of Stephen’s speech and the wonderful logic he gave to charges against him, we will notice that heaven seems to approve of dividing Jews from Jesus Followers, and we will see the first martyrdom for the faith in Jesus.  Finally, we will notice Saul’s role and God at work in the incredible result of the death in the spreading of the faith around the known world.

Pastor Van Engen

Stephan a Turning Point in the Church

Stephen a Turning Point in the Church Acts 6 8-8 1