Summary: This Scripture speaks to us about: 1. Godly wisdom (vs. 1-4). 2. God's world (vs. 4-5). 3. God's Word (vs. 5-7). 4. God's work (vs. 8).
God's Truth: Still Fresh after Four Thousand Years
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - Sept. 15, 2013
*In Acts 6-8, God gives us the story of a Christian named Stephen. This New Testament believer was one of the heroes of the early church. Stephen was chosen to be one of the first deacons. Acts 6:3 tells us that these men were "full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom." They had a tremendous impact for the Kingdom of God.
*Acts 6:7-8 gives this report:
7. Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
8. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.
*For these reasons, Stephen was arrested by the religious rulers in Jerusalem, and put on trial for his life before the "Council" or "Sanhedrin." It was the Supreme Court of Israel, but it was a kangaroo court in this case. Acts 6:13-14 reports that these corrupt judges:
13. . . also set up false witnesses who said, "This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law;
14. for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us.''
*Stephen was falsely and illegally accused of blasphemy. But here in Acts 7, he began to make a remarkable defense for the cause of Jesus Christ.
*The High Court thought that Stephen was the only person on trial that day, but by His Holy Spirit, God spoke through Stephen to put that Court on trial. The stinging indictment from God comes down near the end of chapter 7. But Stephen began his defense by giving those religious experts a history lesson on the nation of Israel.
*With this background in mind, would you please stand in honor of God's Word, as we read Acts 7:1-8:
1. Then the high priest said, "Are these things so?''
2. And he said, "Men and brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran,
3. and said to him, 'Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.'
4. Then he came out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. And from there, when his father was dead, He moved him to this land in which you now dwell.
5. And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. But even when Abraham had no child, He promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him.
6. But God spoke in this way: that his descendants would sojourn in a foreign land, and that they would bring them into bondage and oppress them four hundred years.
7. 'And the nation to whom they will be in bondage I will judge,' said God, 'and after that they shall come out and serve Me in this place.'
8. Then He gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham begot Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot the twelve patriarchs."