Stephen’s Standing Ovation

(Have you been doing a weekly review? I hope so.) The church is growing and it’s leaders are experiencing persecution in ever- increasing amounts. Deacons are chosen to help the apostles  so that they can dedicate their time to prayer and ministry of the Word.  Stephen was one of these first deacons, being full of faith and power.  He was falsely accused of speaking blasphemy and dragged before the Jewish council.  “And all that sat in the council… saw his face as it had been the face of an angel”. After giving an account of the history of Israel, Stephen rebukes the unbelief of his accusers. “When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and gnashed on him with their teeth.  But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at God’s right hand: and he said ‘ Look!  I see the heavens opened…’ But they raised a great shout and put their hands over their ears and rushed together upon Him.  Then they dragged him out of the city ” and stoned him to death.(Acts 7:54-57)There are 2 worksheets available for this lesson. One of the worksheets has the clouds and  a robe, which you will want to print in white.  Try to use another color for the main page so the clouds and robe “pop”.   Another glitter op.

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