Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.
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
—who began to argue with Stephen.
But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
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.
Applying the Word
1. Imagine you are at Stephen’s funeral and you
are giving the eulogy.
How would you say that his life has inspired you?
2. “It was easier for the believers back then to be committed to Jesus than believers today”. What do you think of this statement? Explain your answer.
3. Read Luke 22:39-43. Should there be room for personal preference (if any at all)
in terms of obeying God’s call and His Word?