February 20, 2018
Read Acts 7:1-29
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Scripture- Acts 7:2a- This was Stephen’s reply: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me..."
Observations- Stephen, now arrested and before a religious council, takes the opportunity given him to speak the Good News with care and boldness. In this first part of the message he shared the story of God from Abraham to Moses, which probably wasn't to unsettling or upsetting to his audience, but I still picture them with arms crossed and minds already made up. Tomorrow, however, we'll see their failure to truly "listen" to Stephen as he talks about Jesus as Savior.
Application- Our posture towards the Good News matters. How do we approach Scripture? Do we open the Book of Books with a critical eye or do we bring an open mind? Do we bring a spirit of prayer and a deep desire to discern with God how to listen in a way that draws us closer to Him and one another? We do come with a set of previous experiences, but how we choose to listen to God's Word matters. How will you listen to God's Word today?
Prayer- God, thank You for the living Word, Jesus Christ. Speak again today into my life through Your inexhaustible Word, the Bible. Help me stay in the posture of learner and never expert. Help me bring ears that can be surprised and delighted and that can hear a fresh Word from You. Help me listen...really listen. Amen.
"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17),
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