Friday, April 28, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Stephen's Defence




Friday April 28

Bible Reading:     Acts 7: 42 - 60

Topic:         Stephen's Defence

Stephen one of the seven Deacons of the early Church was brought to the Jewish Council on trumped-up charges of blaspheming God, Moses and the Temple.

His accusers were Jews from the Synagogue of the Freedmen who were not able to withstand his spirit-filled preaching of Jesus in his defence.

Stephen challenged the unbelief of his people especially their leaders through a detailed account of their rejection of God and His messengers throughout their history.

Their love for God was proved to be shallow because they did not obey the Word of God. He concluded that their belief in their traditions was always stronger than their love for God, hence their rebellious actions against Jesus.

Though they knew that Stephen's testimony against them was true, they took him out of the city and killed him.

There are lessons here to learn:
1.      As a child of God, you must know the Word of God (2 Tim. 2: 15)
2.      Always be ready to defend the Gospel and stand up for what you believe in faith
3.      Depend on the Holy Spirit
4.      Expect that there may sometimes be violent reactions from those the truth of the Word of God confronts but do not allow this to discourage you from sharing your faith

Prayer:

Lord, may Your Word continue to bring souls into the Kingdom, Amen

Memory Verse:   Acts 7: 48

"Howbeit, the Most High dwelleth not in Temples made with hands as saith the Prophet"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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