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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
In our biographical study of the life of Stephen we collected information about his life. Now let’s correlate it into an outline.
For the Title I put: Qualified to Serve. Then I established four points. 1. Spiritual Maturity. Being full of or controlled by the Holy Spirit is essential to, and the essence of, being spiritually mature. 2. Experiential Maturity. When you trust in the Spirit and maintain a walk in step with the Holy Spirit the more you’ll experientially manifest wisdom. 3. Biblical Maturity. Being grounded in Biblical truth is important if you want to be prepared to overcome attacks by critics and give poignant answers to troubled hearts. 4. Relational Maturity. If you have a strong relationship with the Lord you’ll instinctively look up to God when facing a crisis, as Stephen did. He also had a good relationship with fellow believers as seen in his being chosen by them to serve. He worked at having a good relationship with everyone, seen in his readiness to serve, answer critics, proclaim the truth, and pray, even for those who stoned him. He epitomized relational maturity.
Now, crystalize what we’ve learned into applications. Ask yourself these questions. In a time of need, how many in your church would be recognized as qualified to meet the need? Would you qualify? If not, what steps should you take to qualify to serve as Stephen was?