Stephen, the first Christian martyr – Acts 6:8 – 15, 7:54 – 60

  1. What kind of pen-portrait of Stephen do we get from Acts 6 and 7?
  2. The death of Stephen unleashed violent opposition to the Gospel. But how did God use his example and testimony to promote the church’s on going mission and ministry in those early years?
  3. Persecution and martyrdom are still happening to Christians today the UK Foreign Secretary claims over 11,000 deaths in one recent year. How should we pray about that, and what should we do about it? What does it mean in our own spiritual walk and witness today?