Stephen: First Christian Martyr

Stephen: First Christian Martyr
(Acts 7:54-8:3)

I. Those who speak out boldly for God and against evil will suffer. (2 Timothy 3:12)

II. Those who suffer for Christ can be assured of His faithful presence and help in their suffering and eternal life. (Mark 14:61-62)

III. When we suffer, we can entrust our souls to God and show His love to those who persecute us. (1 Peter 4:19)
A. Jesus Seen (1 Peter 1:8-9; Ephesians 1:17)
B. Jesus Invoked (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 2:18)
C. Jesus Trusted (2 Corinthians 5:8)
D. Jesus Imitated (Luke 23:34)

IV. Jesus always uses suffering for His greater purpose and glory. (1 Corinthians 15:58; Matthew 10:42)

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