Preparing for April 30

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April 30, 2017   

Story: Acts 6:1 – 7:2a, 44-60     (p. 988-1001, Pew Bible)

Sermon: “Stephen’s Liberating Grace”

Focus: Disciple

Reflection: Stephen: Stirring Things Up

We are reminded of the true cost of discipleship; Stephen was chosen to work and service and is filled by God’s Spirit, he is empowered in unexpected ways. His life is changed and he speaks out, sharing the Good News and in turn stirring up others who are uneasy and disturbed… and suddenly he is no longer just a servant but now a full blown witness and that makes him a target. Thus called to give an account of himself

Stephen so enrages them that he becomes the first martyr. As you prepare for worship, reflect on the ways God calls you to step out of your comfort zone and speak out, stir things up! What is your response?4-30-2017 The Stoning of Stephen

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