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Acts 7: Stephen Martyred- Study, Reading & Discussion

Good evening, my brothers and sisters in Christ.


Summary:


The group discussed Acts Chapter 7, focusing on the story of Stephen. The conversation covered Abraham's journey, the covenant of circumcision, the patriarchs in Egypt, the famine, and the death of Jacob. The theme of worship and religion was emphasized, with the idea that God's presence is not confined to physical temples but dwells in every soul that receives Him. The conversation concluded by comparing Stephen's death to Jesus' crucifixion and discussing Acts Chapter 8 for the next meeting.


Acts Chapter 7 Discussion on Stephen's Story Time 0:00


Jared led a discussion on Acts Chapter 7, focusing on Stephen's story. The conversation started with a prayer seeking divine knowledge and understanding. Jared then read from the chapter, stopping at verse 19 for a discussion before resuming the reading. The reading covered the story of Abraham, his journey, and the covenant of circumcision. The discussion also touched on the patriarchs in Egypt, the famine, and the death of Jacob. The transcript ended abruptly, but it was clear that the discussion was about to continue.


Stephen's Sermon and Significance Time 5:11


Jared led a discussion about a biblical passage focusing on the character of Stephen. He noted that Stephen did not directly answer the High Priest but used the charges against him as context for his preaching. Jared pointed out that Stephen's sermon, similar to Peter's in Acts 2, was centered around Jesus Christ and was based on the Old Testament. The conversation also touched on the significance of circumcision as a symbol of adoption into the community of Israel. The discussion concluded with Jared recapping the first 19 verses and preparing to move on to the next part of the passage.


Moses' Journey and Leadership Time 10:36


After being raised by an Egyptian family, he recounted how Moses visited his Israelite brethren and stood up against an Egyptian oppressor. Disillusioned by his people's lack of understanding about God's plan, Moses fled to Midian, where he had two sons and remained for 40 years. After this period, an angel appeared to Moses in a burning bush, revealing God's plan for him to return to Egypt and lead the Israelites out of oppression.


Biblical History and Holy Ground Discussion Time 13:21


Jared led a discussion about biblical history, specifically focusing on the angel who spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai. Jared also discussed the concept of holy ground, where God's presence is felt, and how church buildings fit into this sanctified space. He linked the ancient Israelite congregation's journey with the angel to the modern church's journey towards the kingdom in the presence of Christ, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Biblical Passages on Worship and Religion Time 17:44


Jared discussed several biblical passages focusing on the theme of worship and religion. He referenced the prophet Muller, the Book of the Prophets, the story of Israel's wilderness journey and the construction of the Tabernacle, and, towards the end, he demonstrated a profound understanding that God's presence is omnipresent and not limited to a specific temple.


Acts Chapter 7 Discussion: Stephen's Confrontation With Pharisees Time 22:33


Jared led a discussion on Acts Chapter 7, focusing on Stephen's confrontation with the Pharisees. He highlighted Stephen's frustration with the Pharisees' stubbornness and his criticism of their resistance to the Holy Spirit. The conversation concluded by comparing Stephen's death to Jesus' crucifixion and discussing Acts Chapter 8 for the next meeting.


In Christ, Love Jared W. Campbell





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