You can read about Stephen and his courageous faith in Acts, chapters six and seven.
Read through the message notes and then consider the following:
How does knowing that God will wrap up history and bring real justice to the world impact you?
With His promise in mind, read the following passages. Below each one, write out some ways you can apply them:
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT)
4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. 5 May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. 6 Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:4-6 (NLT)
Knowing God is being patient with injustice in the world in order for more people to repent, what does that say to you about your attitude and actions toward those who are in the wrong?
43 You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:43-45 (NLT)
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