Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 10-MAY-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Easter 5 – Stephen and six others were preaching the gospel with compassion and kindness, by distributing food to elderly and needy widows who would otherwise be neglected because of their Greek language and ethnicity. When Stephen got into trouble with the authorities and finished up by being stoned to death, it was not for his compassion but for the passionate way he expressed his beliefs in public. Hauled before the temple authorities, he gave an historically accurate and truthful summary of how they and their predecessors had been disobeying God, and the authorities were infuriated by the thrust of it. To "Tell the Truth" is the greatest contribution that Christians can make to society – but it may well bring them into conflict with the prevailing culture, because as a church we are aliens with upside down values, "the first shall be last" being one example. The Holy Spirit encourages and sustains us as we move toward something new and wonderful – it is the hope given to us at Easter.
Acts 7: 55-60

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