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Stephen, the Apostle

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“This is the Moses who said to the Israelites ‘GOD will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.’ This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracle’s to give to us. Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt, saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods who will go before us.’ As for this Moses who led us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and we’re rejoicing in the works of their hands. Acts 7: 37-41

We are able to read in Acts that the Church was beginning to be built through the actions of the apostles and disciples. We are able to see that the people were beginning to learn about the power of Jesus Christ and the eternal salvation that was promised to believers. We learn that people began to believe when the apostles were prophesying in the name of Jesus Christ.

Paul was able to convert Gentiles as a previous Pharisee turned to Jesus Christ, Peter was able to stay in Israel and preach to Jewish individuals, and Stephen was also able to preach. We learn that the apostles were able to preach and lead people to the love of Jesus Christ. After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Jesus told His disciples to preach the word of GOD.

Stephen had preached the word of GOD and gave a speech against those who falsely accused him of blasphemy. Stephen was able to preach about the history of Israel from the time that Abraham was called to birth a new nation to the time that Moses was called out of Egypt to lead the nation to the promised Land. He described the difficulties that existed with idol worship and wanted the people to know that the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was a GOD who had commanded the commandments to prevent sin and lead people to the path of righteousness and eternal life in GOD. He called out the sins of his brothers in order to help them reach repentance and salvation and a knowledge of the truth.

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