Lesson Title: STEPHEN’S MARTYRDOM
Faith Pathway/Faith Journey Topic: Paying The Price
Printed Text: Acts 7:51-60; 8:1a (NIV)
Key Verse: Acts 7:59 (NIV)
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2012-2013
When strong leaders confront traditional ideas, their words may incite anger and violence. What causes such violent reactions? Stephen’s criticism of the religious establishment and his exaltation of Christ enraged the religious leaders, and they stoned him to death.