The Face of an Angel
I’m not sure if you know that God’s best work has always been done through unexpected and ordinary people. David was a shepherd. Moses was the adopted prince of a king. Peter, Andrew, James, and John were fisherman. Matthew collected taxes. Another disciple was a revolutionary. Not to mention Rahab who helped save Israel’s spies or the unnamed woman at the well who evangelized her town. When you think about it, there’s no accounting for what God might do in and through unexpected and ordinary people.
Stephen was one such person: a Greek-speaking Jewish man who was chosen with six others to organize the effort to serve meals to widows. What follows that selection is evidence that God does remarkable and amazing things through ordinary people. And as we look at Acts 6:8-15 this Sunday, we’ll be challenged to see that we too could be that ordinary person that God uses. Everything we see in Stephen can be true of any of us too. Be ready to hear God’s Word and be challenged.
The Book of Acts
The Face of an Angel
Pastor Todd Dugard
July 25, 2021
There’s no accounting for what God might do in and through you (v. 15)
…if you are filled with his grace and power (v. 8)
The 5 C’s of Leadership:
Don’t let your gift take you where your character can’t keep you.
1 Timothy 4:16
…if you accept that you will face opposition (v. 9)
1 Peter 2:8
…if you know the Word of God (v. 10)
My last words to the world - John Lennox: https://youtu.be/OBtaTckF0G4
Discipleship in the Age of Conspiracy Theories: https://www.nae.net/discipleship-age-of-conspiracy-theories/
The Word of God is given to us to make eternal things real, and we need to spend time immersed in it, prayerfully reading it with other people and alone.
…If you have the integrity to withstand false accusations (v. 11-14)
If you take care of yourself and walk with integrity, you may be confident that God will deal with those who sin against you. Above all, don't give birth to sin yourself; rather, pray for those who persecute you. God will one day turn your persecution into praise.