I. Big Idea: God weights our motives because His salvation occurs from the inside out. 1 Corinthians 4:2-5
II. Murderous Treats
A. If we do something in faith – it’s going to bother people who don’t believe. Acts 9:1
B. God moved the church to disburse. Acts 1:8
III. The Scattered
A. The true motives are often revealed amid hardship.
B. God has a plan for all peoples to become one in Christ. Revelation 5:9
A. God is not a power to be manipulated.
B. Have the motives of our hearts changed? Matthew 7:15
A. Receive the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
B. Preach the gospel.
I. Big Idea: Rejection because of righteousness reveals the rewards of Christ’s acceptance.
II. The Freedmen
A. The religious leaders, in response to God’s work, became jealous and angry.
B. The Freedmen found their identity in their national and religious heritage.
III. Israel’s History, in a Nutshell
A. Stephen’s message is a birds-eye-view of God’s faithfulness. Acts 7:2-53
B. Stephen’s message also illustrates how people resist and reject God’s grace.
A. The people who attacked Stephen thought they could stop the gospel.
B. If we’re faithful we’ll be rewarded. Luke 22:69: 1 Corinthian 4:2-4; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 8:1
A. Pray for opportunities to share the good news.
B. Seeing Christ leads to fearlessness.