Church to Go for June 18, 2017: Acts 6:1-16, 7:51-8:1

Reading for June 18, 2017: Acts 6:1-16, 7:51-8:1 the story of Stephen: service and sacrifice

Commentary:

– The Jesus community collects and shares resources based on need — see Acts 2:43-47, Acts 4:32-37.

– The seven chosen to serve are Greek — just like the widows being neglected. What does that tell us about how to respond to the problems of people “not like us”?

– Stephen’s speech in Acts 7:1-50 is a summary of Jewish faith.

– The Jewish council (or “Sanhedrin”) was the highest authority on their religious matters.

– Similar false accusations are made against Jesus — like in Matthew 26:59-61.

– What was the council so afraid of?

– What gifts does Stephen have? What gifts do YOU have?

 

Audio of “improv sermon” based on questions and thoughts submitted by the congregation!

 

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