Take a minute to read Acts 6:8 to 8:3 before watching this. We think of this as the story of Stephen, famously the first Christian martyr. But there are actually a surprising number of different stories intertwined here – and Stephen’s is not the central one.
As we reach part 6 of our series Breakout studying the book of Acts, we’re thinking about injustice in the early church, and the obvious link to injustice in the world today.
Acts chapter 5 does not make for happy reading – after a thrilling start for the Church in Jerusalem, they hit their first internal problem.
Being a beggar in first century Jerusalem was not good news. Even less so if you were unable to walk. But thanks to the Holy Spirit, Peter and John were about to change all that, for one man at least. We’ve reached Acts 3 in our series “Breakout”.
Acts 2, the story of Pentecost – but what’s that actually about? Is it about the Church? Is it about the Holy Spirit? Those things come into it – but the real star of the show is Jesus, and the theme is the Gospel.
We’re starting a new series looking at the book of Acts. The disciples start off, as they’ve done so often over the previous three years, asking the wrong question – “are we there yet?”
We’re coming to the end of the first half of the book of Acts, so this morning will be the last in the current series (until next year). But today we’ve got one more chance to see Peter and the church in Jerusalem, as they encounter once again the God of the impossible.
Do you remember “join-the-dots” puzzles? Sometimes they’re easy, but sometimes you can’t see what the picture is until you get the dots joined up. In our journey through the book of Acts, two people in today’s passage have some dots joined up for them by God, which gives them a radically new perspective on some [ more… ]
For the last two weeks in our series looking at the book of Acts, we’ve been talking about the events surrounding the death of Stephen. But what about his death (and life) itself? John Dalrymple considers Stephen’s “falling asleep” from a very personal perspective.