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Sunday Bible Study: Acts 7:55-60

Updated: May 12, 2020

On this Fifth Sunday of Easter, we explore the difficult subject of forgiveness. Forgiveness can be something given with difficulty, especially to those who continue to strongly disagree with us or persecute us with abuse of words or physical actions.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Book of Acts, which is a continuation of the story of Jesus and his followers, as told by the author of the Gospel according to Luke. Our passage may be found by following the provided link: (Acts 7:54-60).

For continuing study on your own, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • What did Stephen say that made the crowd angry enough to stone him? (Read Acts Chapter 7) How did the crowd's association with other events in Jewish history (from Stephen's speech) contribute to their anger?

  • How might Saul's participation in the stoning of Stephen have contributed to his conversion?

  • In what way does Stephen's death emulate the death of Jesus? And how do martyrs, in general, contribute to the faith of Christians and what role have they played throughout Christian history?

  • The end of our Scripture is Stephen's forgiveness to the crowd. What makes forgiving both difficult and necessary?

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