The child will be able to identify how God empowered Stephen to stand up against the religious leaders.
Bible Story Reference: Acts 6:8-15; 7:1-60
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Stephen was a follower of Jesus, and God gave him the power to perform miracles. But some people did not like what Stephen was doing. They falsely accused him of saying terrible things about God; they told lies and took him to the religious leaders.
“Is what these people are saying about you true?” the high priest asked. Stephen answered him by clearly explaining God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ that can be seen throughout the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit helped Stephen know exactly what to say.
“You are stubborn and hard-headed people!” he said. “You are always fighting against the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors did. You have killed the one that God sent, Jesus!”
When the religious leaders heard this, they were very angry. But Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit. He looked toward heaven, and he saw God and Jesus standing at his right side.
“I see heaven open!” Stephen said. “The Son of Man is standing at the right side of God!”
When the religious leaders heard this, they became furious. Then, they attacked Stephen and started throwing stones at him.
As he was being stoned, Stephen knelt down and shouted, “Lord, do not blame them for what they have done.” Then, he died.
The Holy Spirit enabled Stephen to perform great miracles. He also gave Stephen the confidence to speak and the words to say to the religious leaders. No matter what happened, Stephen kept speaking the truth. He never denied Jesus. Instead, he spoke boldly. The Holy Spirit empowers us in the same way today.
Thank you for the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit inside of me. Amen
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