In this message, we find a Spirit-filled, energetic, and evangelistic man named Stephen who is not shy about sharing his faith.
Acts 6:8 NIV Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9 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. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.
When the enemies of Christ hear Stephen, they are overwhelmed by his wisdom. Rather than receiving and believing the wisdom, their hearts are filled with hatred and rage. They bring him to the Sanhedrin to press charges, but Stephen stands there with his face looking like what the scriptures say is “the face of an angel”.
Then the high priest asks, “Are these charges true?” Stephen seizes the opportunity to make a case for Christ and face them directly with the fact that they have rejected the Son of God and put Jesus and others of God’s prophets to death.
The crowd is enraged and they rush him yelling and gnashing their teeth. They take him out to stone him to death, and even as he dies, he demonstrates the confidence and peace of Christ.
What do we do when the stones come our way? When criticism comes, do we cower in the corner or proclaim Jesus? Are we filled with fear… or filled with faith? Does our faith show to others?