73 Stephen

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Acts 7:56.

 “You’re a Christian, aren’t you?” If someone says this to you, what do you say?

Is it different if they ask in a nasty way? What about if they ask in a friendly way?

When do you find it most difficult to talk about Jesus? When is it most easy?

 

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The story so far…

The church in Jerusalem was growing fast with many more people believing in Jesus every day. They shared everything they had together. Stephen was one of seven men chosen to help share out the food and make sure everyone was treated fairly.

Now read Acts 6:8–15 together.

 

What happened next…

Stephen spoke bravely to the Jewish leaders about his faith in Jesus. They were so angry that they took him out of the city and threw stones at him, to kill him. As he was dying, Stephen asked God to forgive them for what they were doing.

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 96 together.

 

Did you know…?

Stephen’s job His responsibility was to make sure poor people in the church were cared for properly. A man of great faith, he preached the good news of Jesus – and was arrested for doing so. He was the first Christian to die for his faith.

Stoning This was a way of killing those found guilty of certain crimes by throwing stones at them until they died. Stephen’s death was illegal as the Jewish council did not have the authority to execute anyone: that was why Jesus had to go on trial in a Roman court.

Saul He was a Jew who was a highly religious man and one of the group known as Pharisees. He saw Stephen die. You will hear about Saul again in the Big Bible Challenge!

 

Try it out

Stephen knew that God had sent Jesus to rescue everyone from the things they do wrong. It was all part of God’s plan so that we could be friends with him again. We can each be forgiven for all the wrong things we have done and start again with God.

If you want to know more about being a friend of Jesus, talk with your Bible Coach.

You could say this prayer:

Jesus, I want to be your friend.

Thank you that you love me.

Thank you for living in the world and dying on a cross for me.

I’m sorry for all the wrong things I have done.

Please forgive me and let me be your friend.

Please let the Holy Spirit help me to be like you.

 

Talk to God

Think of a hard thing that you may be facing at the moment. Ask God to help you get through it.

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