Stephen, a Man Full of Faith and of the Holy Spirit.. Grace and Power (Acts 6: 5,8)


They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.. grace and power (Acts 6: 5,8)


From reading Acts 6, one has a suspicion that committees were the brainchild of the early church. The good news is that the group described here was assembled to bring help to the hurting – Greek widows who were not receiving their fair share. The committee included Stephen, a young man full of faith, grace, power, and God’s Holy Spirit.


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What makes this passage so important is its emphasis on spiritual armor’s role in performing good deeds. For Stephen, that armor included “faith”, a conviction that his life was totally directed by God; “grace”, a lifestyle that spoke of Christ, even when he was silent; and “power”, the result of allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way.

Ultimately, Stephen’s uncompromising life so antagonized his enemies that after a no-holds-barred discourse, he was dragged outside and stoned to death – making him Christianity’s first martyr.


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Standing by that day was one Saul, a slayer of Christians. Undoubtedly, the influence of a young man filled with faith, grace, and power followed Saul until the day he encountered God on a road to Damascus. That’s when Saul became the apostle Paul.


– From 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.


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