They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
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.
Summary: Whenever God’s people are doing something good, Satan tries to destroy it by any means possible. Whenever the church attempts to do something great, Satan steps in to destroy the church. From the moment the church was born, this has been the war plan..
Summary: One of the things that are clear as you look at the gospels is that popularity can be costly. Most of us if we would admit it, certainly desire to have it. But we sometimes don’t realize what it can cost us.
Summary: I would like to thank Pastor Jerry Shirley for sharing this series on Acts. It has been a blessing as well as a great help. I have used these for our church, as I spend my days caring for my dying father.
Summary: We all stand for different things in our lives either physically or personally. Stephen took a stand for Jesus and died for it. So what do you stand for? Is it worth dying for? Then start living for it today
Summary: It was inevitable that with the unprecedented growth the church of Jerusalem experienced, conflict and problems would arise. But the disciples acted speedily, and in the process established the principle of shared ministry, which brought even more growth.
Summary: Lets look at 4 specific blessings that come into our lives through our problems. For as we see how God has used problems in the past to bring about great blessings, it will help us in the problems we face today. (PowerPoints available - #177)
Summary: Success! It is something that everyone would want, but what really is success? Can you be successful at something without really having “success”? What is real success and how can we experience real success both in life and eternity?
Summary: As the church grows, there will inevitably be problems among people. How does the early church deal with these issues as they arise and what can today’s church learn in how to deal with these “growing concerns” in a way that will glorify God?
Summary: Appointed as one of the men to wait on the widows in the church Stephen quickly progressed to evangelistic work, and his preaching of Jesus Christ. It was this preaching that had him put to death.
Summary: The Apostles determined to focus on the Ministry of the Word of God and Prayer as their highest priority. Developing a priesthood of believers, they resolved a potential problem, and God blessed their decision.
Summary: Sermon 6: This message discusses the need for every-member ministry. Rick Warren says, "Every believer isn’t a pastor, but every believer is called into ministry." He also states, "Your call to salvation included your call to service."