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Acts 6:8–8:3

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 6:8–8:3
  2. Who is primarily speaking in this passage?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases?
  4. How does Luke describe Stephen?
  5. What accusations are made against Stephen?
  6. Who does Stephen reference in his speech?
  7. What different books of the Old Testament are quoted in his speech?
  8. What is the response to Stephen's speech?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why does Stephen reference different Old Testament figures? What point is he making?
  2. What new character is mentioned at the end of chapter 7, and why is he significant to Acts?
  3.  How does God use Stephen's life and ministry?
  4. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?
  5. What is the main point of this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What can we learn from Stephen's preaching of the gospel?
  2. What fears do you have in preaching the gospel and calling sinners to repent?
  3. How are you encouraging others to be faithful despite persecution?