“Stephen is Seized” [ Acts 6:8-15 ]
Today is Friday, September 22nd, 2017. In today’s passage we see that Stephen, a man full of faith and the Spirit of God, is wrongfully taken before the highest religious court in Jerusalem. Join me today to go deeper into the life of a man ministering in the early church. - Mike
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever had something said about you that wasn’t true? Was it behind your back or was it said to you in front of everyone? How did that feel? What was your response?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [Acts 6:8-15]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 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. 10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 11 Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council, 13 and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and law, 14 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.” 15 And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
_ In v. 8 how is Stephen described?
_ In vs.9-10 it lists all of the groups within the Freedmen synagogue. What does it say about them? How did Stephen respond to them?
_ What happens in vs. 11-14?.
_ Why did the Freedmen get the Jewish council involved?
_ In v. 13 who did they use to accuse Stephen? Why? What did they say?
_ Why do you think that the accusations made against Stephen were so scathing?
_ Does Stephen reply to any of these accusations as they are being thrown all around him?
_ In v. 15 what does it say about Stephen?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there an area of your life that you are being invited to be a witness? If so, where and what is your next step this week?
_ Are you dealing with untruths being spoken about you? How are you responding?
_ Is there a place that you are lacking power or strength? Is Jesus calling you to ask for power from the Holy Spirit through intentional prayer?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?