Acts: Life In The Spirit
The Truth Will Set You Free
Let’s look at 5 truths that come out in this account of Stephen’s sermon and execution.
I. The Truth about the Land of Israel (7:1-7)
God is universally accessible!
If you want to find an audience with God, let me assure you that you can get His attention by simply calling out to Him from wherever you are.
II. The Truth about God’s Leaders (7:8-41)
Those who reject God’s leaders are rejecting Him.
I believe in the priesthood of every believer, which means that we all can come to God, without needing someone else to act as a go-between.
The truth about God’s leaders is that He typically speaks through them in order to get the whole body of Christ to do His will.
III. The Truth about the Temple (7:42-50)
God is greater than our best idea of Him.
The temple was to be a place where God’s glory could be known by those who came to worship.
IV. The Truth about the Sanhedrin (7:51-58)
God will go to great lengths to show people the truth.
These leaders of Israel were stubborn and unwilling to change.
V. The Truth about Stephen (7:59-60)
A right relationship with Jesus brings freedom.
You could have bound him with shackles of iron, but he still would have been free.
In order for that to happen, we must come to see the truth about ourselves, that without Him, we are lost.