Acts Chapter 7
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Question & things to think about from chapter 7
1)   Why do you think Stephen chose to focus his re-telling of the history of the people of God on these particular people and events?
2)   In verses 2-8 he recounts the story of Abraham. What are the key points he makes? What do you think their relevance is to what he wants to say about Jesus?
3)   In verses 9-16 he goes on to tell the story of Joseph. Look at the way he tells it, is there a main point he is trying to make?
4)   Continuing on in verses 17-43 he tells the story of Moses. Look at how he sketches this out. Perhaps you might write down the key points of what he says as a list of bullet points. What do you see if you now replace “Moses” with “Jesus”?
In 44-50 he very quickly summarizes the rest of their history. What is his main point here? Why does he focus on the Temple?

6)   In 51-54 he brings it all together into a very damning condemnation of them. Is he being brave, foolish, or reckless? Do you think he expected them to repent (or hoped for that), or is he just announcing God’s judgement on them?
Stephen’s speech, not surprisingly, enrages his audience, and he fuels it further by telling them of the vision he sees at that moment. They take him out and stone him to death. Does that strike you as odd at all? Consider how they had to work so hard to kill Jesus.