Welcome Home, Stephen (9 of 33) by Jerry Vines

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WELCOME HOME, STEPHEN (9 of 33)
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Jerry Vines
Acts 6-7
7/16/00

I want you to look at the end of the 7th chapter and I
want you to look at verse 57 which brings the account
of the martyrdom of Stephen, one of the first deacons,
to a conclusion. Then we will go back to the 6th
chapter of Acts, verse 1, and move from there toward
this conclusion. Let me read verses 57-60.

Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped
their eras, and ran upon him with one accord. And
cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the
witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's
feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen,
calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my
spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud
voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And
when he had said this, he fell asleep.

That is, when he said those words he died.

The book of Acts is one of the most exciting books in
all of the world to read because it tells us of the
history of the early church. As you move through your
study of the book of Acts, you will soon discover that
you are not just reading about a church corporately,
you are also reading about a church individually and
personally. You will find that the book of Acts and
the early church is filled with people who are real
people—people just like you and me—people who came to
know Christ as their Savior and God used them in
wonderful, wonderful ways. You read about Peter and
John. You read about Barnabas and Paul. You read
about Dorcas and Lydia. You read about Phillip and
Stephen.

We know, of course, that Phillip and Stephen were two
of the original seven deacons in the early church.
Phillip was an Christian evangelist. Stephen was a
Christian apologist. Phillip was perhaps the first
Christian missionary. Stephen, on the other hand, is
the first Christian martyr. He sealed the witness of
his testimony for Jesus Chris ...


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