Tag Archive: Acts 6

Martyrdom of Stephen

“Throughout the centuries since the death of Jesus, thousands of Christians have died as martyrs to the cause of Christ.  It is only fitting, then, that Luke should record the events surrounding the very first martyrdom, that of Stephen.  This Stephen is a man known for his faith and his ability to do great wonders through the Holy Spirit.  But it is his boldness and wisdom that finally prompt his adversaries to bring him before the Sanhedrin on a charge of blasphemy.”

Read:  Acts 6:8-15, 7 & 8:1

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Growth of the Early Church

“As news of the gospel message and the miracles which accompany its proclamation spread throughout Jerusalem, the church grows rapidly.  In fact, the growth is so astounding that the Jewish leaders become alarmed and have the apostles arrested repeatedly. 

Problems arise even within the church itself.  Luke records that on one occasion some rather drastic discipline befalls a husband and wife who lie about a contribution they are making to the church.  But not even such weaknesses of individual believers can slow the pace of this revolutionary spiritual movement.  Acting without formal organization and prompted only by their commitment to Christ, these early Christians repeatedly multiply their number by sharing the good news of Christ with all who will listen.”

Read:  Acts 3, 4, 5 & 6:1-7

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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