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The Face of an Angel

The Face of an Angel

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“The Face of An Angel”
(Acts 6:8-15)

• Background:
 Acts 2:41 – (3000 converts) …
“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”
 Acts 4:32 –
“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.”

 Acts 6: 1 –
“And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.”
Exodus 22:22-23 –
“Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;”

 Acts 6:3-5 –
“Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch”

• Our Focus:
 Stephen’s character (…and gifts)
Acts 6: 3 & 5 –
(3) .. “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business…….(5) And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: “
Acts 6:8 –
“And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.”

I Corinthians 12:10 –
“To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:”

 Stephen’s Ministry (…wisdom & speech)
Acts 6:10 –
“And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.”
 Stephen’s Persecution
Acts 6:13 –
“And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:”
Matthew 5:10 –
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:44 –
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

 Stephens Demeanor
Acts 6:15 –
“And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. “
Matthew 6:15 –
“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

• Selah: …. Are we even in this boot camp yet…!!!

 

 

 

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