Stephen was a mighty man of God. He was faithful and never backed down in the face of opposition. He died proclaiming God’s word.
Who was Stephen? Who opposed him? What was Stephen’s message? What was the response to Stephen’s message?
Stephen and his opposition (Acts 6:8-15)
“And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.15 And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angels.”
Stephen was full of faith and power, who did great wonders and miracles. The synagogue of the Libertines did not like Stephen’s preaching. They disputed with him. When they could not convince him to stop, they hired false witnesses to testify against him.
Telling people about Christ evokes the same response from unbelievers. When we are challenged, do we quit or continue to proclaim Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection?
Stephen’s example may help us to make the correct decision.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001