Stephen: Man of Godly Character
I. Stephen was a man of godly character.
A. He was filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 6:3; Luke 12:12; Galatians 5:16,22-23)
B. He was filled with wisdom. (Acts 6:3,10; Proverbs 2:6; 9:10; 1 Corinthians 1:18,24)
C. He was filled with faith. (Acts 6:5; Ephesians 1:11)
D. He was filled with grace. (Acts 7:60; Titus 3:5-6; Romans 5:8)
E. He was filled with power. (Acts 1:8; 6:8; Colossians 1:11)
II. Stephen’s godly character was the foundation for his courageous witness.
A. When we bear witness for Christ, we are speaking to hearts that are blinded by Satan and hardened by sin. (2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 4:18; John 6:44; 8:44)
B. Religious people can be the most hardened in their opposition to the gospel. (James 1:27)
C. When we bear witness for Christ, we should be prepared for opposition. (Acts 6:11-14)
III. Godly, courageous witnesses must leave the results up to God. (Isaiah 55:8-9)