“The church has had to fight for her life from the very beginning. From the moment it was born, the church has faced a world that has done everything it could to exterminate Christianity.”-Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Book of Acts, 313).
1. The Godliness of Stephen (Acts 6:8-10).
A. Stephen was “full of faith” (Acts 6:5).
B. Stephen was “full of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5).
C. Stephen was “full of grace” (Acts 6:8).
D. Stephen was “full of power” (Acts 6:8).
E. Stephen provoked a dispute (Acts 6:10).
2. The Malevolence of the World (Acts 6:11-15).
A. The leaders tried to argue with Stephen.
B. The church’s enemies began a “smear campaign.”
C. They arrested Stephen and brought false witnesses to testify against