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.