- Lead Minister: Rev. Mark Hovermale, Pastor for Youth and Early Adults
- Layperson Support: Rich, Dawn and Isaac Rej, members of FPCP
- Music from the 2019 Chancel Choir
- Scripture: Acts 6:1-15
Today, as we near the end of this series, we are looking at the 6th and 7th chapters of the Book of Acts. These chapters focus on Stephen, one of the Church’s first Deacons, and the first martyr of the early Church.
We are first introduced to Stephen when we learn of his appointment as one of the church’s first deacons, a position initiated to ensure that the widows and orphans were cared for, and that food was distributed fairly. Stephen was a very godly man, and is often the case, he fell into disfavor of many of the church leaders due to his frank and open teaching of God’s word. As a result, Stephen was accused of speaking against the religious laws and was brought before the leadership. Because he wouldn’t back down, and in fact challenged the religious leadership, Stephen was put to death. To this day, Stephen is known for his dedication to doing what was right in the name of God, and to loving and praying for those who persecuted and killed him.
We hope you will continue to join us as we begin wrapping up our 7-week journey through the book of Acts and and finish examining the ways in which the Holy Spirit was at work in the early Church, and is still at work, even today.