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What does it cost to be a man of God


ACTS 7:51-60

A. W. Tozer said "It's doubtful if God will use a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply." Stephen was such a man.

Ezekiel tells us that God sought for a man to stand in the gap.(EZK. 22:30) "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." Again Stephen was such a man. He was one of the seven men chosen to do the unwanted task of serving the widows. Although he was called to such a task he overleaped the limitations and became a powerful preacher. Stephen was called to another task which hurt him deeply. He was called to be the first martyr of the Christian church, being stoned to death by the Jews. It's doubtful if anyone in this church will ever be called upon to give their life for the faith, yet there is a remarkable application for everyone who names Christ as their Savior.

Paul, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, challenges us to be a "living sacrifice" (ROM. 12:1-2) "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

My prayer is that the testimony of Stephen may be a challenge for you to live your life as a sacrifice to Christ.


    1. They were stiffnecked.

        A. Who were they? (the religious crowd) (Acts 6:8-15)

        B. They were harsh and hard.

       C. They would not submit to the yoke of Christ.

           (MT. 11:28-32)

    2. They were uncircumcised.

       A. In their heart. ("unsaved")

          1. To circumcise means to remove a covering

          2. An uncircumcised heart is one that is closed in, one that

              cannot be penetrated or effected by good influences and

              or good impressions.

          3. Do you have and uncircumcised heart? Good cannot

              seem to influence you? Maybe your heart has been

              untouched by God?

       B. In their ears Hearing impared, couldn't hear or wouldn't

           hear the words of God.

          1. Does America have uncircumcised ears? You?

          2. Can not America hear the words of Jesus?

              (LK. 13:3&5)

       C. In their lips. Just listen to the way folks talk now a days.

          1. People need to hear the words of Jesus in

             (MT. 12:32-37)

    3.They were resisting the Holy Spirit.

       A. In doing so they were resisting salvation! (JH. 6:44)

           "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath

            sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last


    4. They were following after the traditions of man.


    1. "He was filled with the Spirit of God."

       A. What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? To be

            totally controled by!

       B. How does one get to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

          1. One must empty self and present self to God.

              (ROM. 12:1-2)

          2. One must ask to be filled. (LK.11:9-13)

          3. One must obey the word of God. (Acts 5:29-32)

    2. He was filled with the Word of God. (PSA. 119:11)

       A. Most Christians today do not know the Lord because they

            do not know His Word.

    3. He was filled with the compassion of God. (verse 60)

       A. These are the words that Christ said as He ws being


       B. This is the difference between a good Christian and a

           great one.

    4. He was full of faith. (Acts 6:8)


    1. He was cast out of the city. (verse 58)

       A. If you stand up for Jesus and righteousness you to will be

            cast out from the worldly crowd and there ways.

       B. Remember (2CORTH 6:14-18)?

    2. He was received by the Lord. (verse 60)

       A. (2CORTH. 5:8) "We are confident, I say, and willing

            rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with

           the Lord."

    3. He was admired by Saul (verse 58)

       A. Saul was later saved.

       B. Saul never forgot the death experience of Stephen.

           (HEB. 11:37)

    4. There are only a few things in this life that really make an

        indelible impression upon your life.

       A. The people you meet.

       B. The people close to you who you see die.

       C. Let me tell you about a man that I met twenty some years

           ago, that not only has made an indelible impression on my

           life but has totaly changed my life. As a matter of fact I

          am trying to pattern my life exactly after His. His name is

          Jesus, and you can meet Him to day. Won't you come to

          Him now?



Are you really wanting to and are willing to be a follower of Jesus Christ??????? If so then notice these followers and what their faith cost them.

St. Matthew suffered martyrdom by being slain with a sword at a distant city of Ethiopia.

St. Mark expired at Alexandria, after having been cruelly dragged through the streets of that city.

St. Luke was hanged upon an olive tree in the classic land of Greece.

St. John was put into a caldron of boiling oil, but escaped death in a miraculous manner, and was afterwards banished to Patmos.

St. Peter was crucified at Rome with his head downward.

St. James the Greater was beheaded at Jerusalem.

St. James the Less was thrown from a lofty pinnacle of the temple, and then beaten to death with a fuller's club.

St. Philip was hanged up against a pillar at Heiropolis in Phrygia.

St. Bartholomew was flayed alive.

St. Andrew was bound to a cross, where he preached to his persecutors until he died.

St. Thomas was run through the body with a lance at Coromandel in the East Indies.

St. Jude was shot to death with arrows.

St. Matthias was first stoned, and then beheaded.

St. Barnabas of the Gentiles was stoned to death by the Jews at Salonica.

St. Paul after various tortures and persecutions, was at length beheaded at Rome by the Emperor Nero.

Be a true man of God and see Jesus