January 30, 2017: SOAP #2615: Exodus 25-27; Acts 6 Scripture: Acts (NIV) 6:8 Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)"Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as [...]

January 30, 2017: SOAP #2615: Exodus 25-27; Acts 6

Scripture: Acts (NIV) 6:8 Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.
9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)"Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with Stephen, 10 but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.

Observation: The ministry of Jesus continued. Like Jesus, Stephen did 'wonders and miraculous signs.' And like Jesus, those arguing with Stephen 'could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.' Jesus had promised that His followers would do the same works and have the same Holy Spirit as He had. (John 14:12)

Application: The church continues today. The same Holy Spirit continues to indwell the church today. The ministry of Jesus continues today. No one can live the life of Leon except Leon. No one can live the life of Jesus except Jesus. Since I cannot duplicate Jesus myself, I must let Jesus be Jesus in me. While on earth, Jesus lived a life full of the Holy Spirit. Being full of the Holy Spirit"that made Stephen like Jesus"that is my only hope of being like Jesus.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, live in me as you lived in Jesus. Live in me as you lived in Stephen. Make me like Jesus. Amen

Pastor Leon
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