The Gospel quickly begins the advance from Jerusalem to Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth in Acts Chapter eight. Our text today shows us that all are qualified to receive Christ as savior, and that we need to be led in this work.
As the early church grew in influence it began to find itself at odds with the same religious leaders that opposed Christ. As Stephen is martyred by these people, he demonstrates for us what it looks like to be truly living for Christ even in the midst of dying for Christ.
In one of the strangest stories in the book of Acts we see how hypocrisy is something the church has struggled with from the very beginning, and something that we need to intentionally fight against today.