“The Church/Way”

(Acts 8:1-3, Matthew 5:10-12)

  • The death of Stephen
  • Saul approved of his execution.
  • Church of Jerusalem suffers great persecution.
  • Persecution is not personal. (John 15:20)
  • Remember it’s not about you.
  • Remember this isn’t our home.
  • Persecution is not about your, “Holiness”.
  • It’s about whose you are.
  • It’s about the victory we have in Christ!
  • It’s about souls that will live for eternity!
  • Scattering the believers. (Acts 8:4, 11:19-21)
  • Great lamentation made over Stephen.
  • Many believers were imprisoned. (Acts 22:3-5)
  • Persecution for the sake of Righteousness leads to blessing.  (Matt. 5:10)

 

Keys to Transformation

  1. Crisis Presented (James 1:2-4, Eph. 6:10-20)
  2. Character Tested (Romans 12:1-2, 1 Cor. 10:13)
  3. Victory Granted “By God Alone”!!! (Romans 8:37, 1 Cor. 15:50-58)