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The Day Stephen Got Stoned (5 of 16)
Series: Church the Way It Was Meant to Be
A Closer Look at the Book: ACTS
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
August 19, 2007
1. A Man Greatly Respected!
A) His Inward Character
B) His Outward Conduct
C) His Upward Countenance
2. A Man Grossly Rejected!!
A) The Testimony He Possessed
B) The Truth He Proclaimed
1) What it Contained
B) How it Convicted
3. A Man Gloriously Rewarded!
A) By What He Said
B) With What He Saw
It is said that the grand soldier of the South, General Robert E. Lee, waited out his last days in near poverty. One day, some men approached him to offer him an unusual proposition. If he would merely sign a piece of paper, they would not ask him to make decisions not put in office hours. They simply wanted the use of his good name.
General Lee took up his cane and said, "Men, I lost my home in the war; I lost my fortune in the way; I lost everything in the way, except my name. And but I am not ready to sell my good name to anyone, no matter how much it may be worth, especially for a product of doubtful repute."
Warren Wiersbe said that every Christian has 4 names: "saint, for his holiness; believer, for his faith; brother, for his love; and, disciple, for his commitment." Then, he asks, "I wonder if you are a Christian, are you living up to your name?"
UPI correspondent Wesley Pippert comments, "Few things are more important than whether one has a good reputation, a good name. Not all people are gregarious or outgoing. Not all people are sought after or loveable. But everyone can have integrity. Integrity flows more out of a disciplined character than a daring personality." 
The verses before us today are some of my favorite verses in the Bible. They tell one of my favorite stories in the Bible. They focus on one of my favorite characters in the Bible. He is a man by the name of Stephen, and we get a first hand look at the day Stephen got stoned.
First of all, I want you to notice:
1. A Man GREATLY RESPECTED!
A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote:
"I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?"
An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said:
"I've been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I've never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I've never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I've never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you're welcome to stay here, too"
One thing is for sure, the man in our text, Stephen, had plenty who would vouch for him. He was a good man, a grea ...
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