Stephen: The First Martyr of the Church. Acts: The Unfinished Story of the Church Series  Acts 6:8-15 June 10, 2012 Pastor Paul K. Kim. SECOND PHASE: LAYING A FOUNDATION FOR GLOBAL MISSION (ACTS 6:8-9:31). 7 And the word of God continued to increase,
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Acts: The Unfinished Story of the Church Series 
June 10, 2012
Pastor Paul K. Kim
7 And the word of God continued to increase,
and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem,
and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:7)
31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria
had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord
and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. (Acts 9:31)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come
upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and
in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
1) His Spirit-filled Life: Stephen was full of grace and power.
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing
great wonders and signs among the people. (v. 8)
55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw
the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. (7:55)
2) His Wisdom & Insights: Stephen’s readiness was also in his spiritual maturity fully activating his spiritual gift of wisdom.
9Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen
(as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of
those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10But they
could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.
11 Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak
blasphemous words against Moses and God.”12 And they stirred up
the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him
and seized him and brought him before the council, (vs. 9-12)
3) His His Christlikeness/Maturity: Stephen’s life and ministry revealed his Christlike character and countenance.
13 and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to
speak words against this holy place and the law, 14 for we have heard
him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change
the customs that Moses delivered to us.”15 And gazing at him, all who
sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel. (vs.13-15)
What does a person "full of the Spirit" look like? By God's grace, can I be such a person? Stephen engages in an effective witness by deed and word . . . The defendant [Stephen] stands before the court in session, tier upon tier of dignified jurists of Israel's highest court. Stephen transfixes those who would be his judge. It's as though they cannot take their eyes off him. And no wonder: his face was like the face of an angel! Though this certainly reflects divine approval of his witness and parallels the effects of Moses' standing in God's presence, Jesus' transfiguration is a better immediate model for what is happening here (Luke 9:29). So full of the Spirit, so full of wisdom, faith, grace, and power is Stephen that the glory of God shines from his face. To a greater or lesser extent, that's the way it is with all those who are full of the Spirit of God (2 Cor. 3:18).
- William J Larkin, Jr.