THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A church with older people called a new and young preacher.
He was very conscientious and tried to inspire the people to visit and evangelize the community.
One old man just never got the point.
So the preacher tried to "tailor" his sermons to reach this man.
The first time, the man came to the preacher after the sermon and said, "Preacher, you sure told 'em this morning!"
The next Sunday, the man said, "Preacher, you sure told 'em this morning."
The next Sunday, there was a terrible storm.
No one came but the preacher and the same man.
The preacher thought he really had him this time.
But after the sermon, the man said,
"Preacher, if they'd a been here, you sure woulda got 'em this morning!"
8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
Some Christians just never get the point.
God wants to fill us with "faith and power."
And it is amazing what God can do with a Christian who desires to be filled and used.
I once had the privilege of watching a very wonderful Christian man on TV debating with three non-Christians about life.
Each of the people had an opportunity to briefly state their philosophy of life.
Then they began to question one another.
Soon, ALL the questions were directed toward the philosophy of God as Creator, Sustainer and Judge of mankind.
Actually, this proved two points that God makes in His Bible.
First, ALL people have a desire to know about God.
Second, a Christian full of faith has power from God to influence others.
The non-Christians in that debate became terribly agitated and almost irate.
They began to pass bitter remarks out of turn, and the moderator had to repeatedly warn them about courtesy.
But the Christian man never "lost his cool!"
This proves another point from the Word of God.
When people are faced with the truth that argues against their life-style, they easily become hurt inside.
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Christians full of faith are praying.
They are close to God, and talk to Him about everything.
Christians full of faith are studious.
They not only talk to God, but want to hear what He says too.
Christians full of faith are in church regularly, and are supported by loving and encouraging friends. Christians full of faith spend time influencing others.
They are given faith and power to help others know about Jesus and eternal salvation.
Stephen was determinedly given and committed to Christ.
He was not "in control," he was UNDER control of God's Holy Spirit.
He was so "in touch" with God that he was "full of faith and power!"
And the wisdom of God's truth was a part of his daily communication with others.
This same faith and power and wisdom is there for ALL Christians.
Get the point?