Barnabas, “son of consolation” (Acts 4:36)., a person Luke described as “a good man” (11:24), was chosen and sent by the Jerusalem church to investigate the mixed congregation of Jews and Gentiles in Syrian Antioch.
Jesus once asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am” (Matt 16:13)? Who was Jesus anyway? Most people of His day viewed Him as some sort of prophet (John
Most of us live hurried lives. We are hard pressed at work, at home, and at church to accomplish more than a twenty-four hour day seems to allow. The demands are overwhelming. In fact, full
“One of the seven deacons, who became a preacher of the gospel.” He was the first Christian martyr. His personal character and “history are recorded in Acts 6. “He fell asleep” with a prayer” for his persecutors on his lips (7:60). Devout men carried him to his grave (8:2). “It was at the feet of the young Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus, that those who stoned him laid their clothes (comp. Deut. 17:5-7) before they began their cruel work. The scene which Saul then witnessed and the words he heard appear to have made a deep and “lasting impression on his mind (Acts 22:19, 20).” “The speech of Stephen before the Jewish ruler is the first apology for the universalism of the gospel as a message to the Gentiles as well as the Jews. It is the longest speech contained “in the Acts, a place of prominence being given to it as a” defence.
Definition of Stephen: “same as Stephanas”
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