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Offense vs. Opportunity

Shortly after I accepted Christ as my savior, I was approached about my salvation experience. I was informed that I was not really saved because I had not followed the doctrine and teaching of a particular religious order. I was deeply offended. In response to the accusations, I replied: “How dare you say that I’m not saved?” My conversation with this individual became sort of a wrestling match with a punch here and a throw there, but no one really walked away a winner.   

When Stephen was accused of speaking against God, he took advantage of an opportunity to reveal God’s message of salvation rather than taking offense. As he stood before highly religious leaders, Stephen, “a man full of God’s grace and power,” (Acts 6:8) was able to draw the crowd’s attention to the lives of the patriarchs Abraham, Joseph and Moses (Acts 7:1-29). All the while, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Stephen presented the hidden message of Jesus and the Gospel that is woven throughout Scripture.

Sharing God’s plan of salvation is not always easy, and rejection of the gospel can be offensive. Yet, as believers, we must realize that some opportunities only come once in a lifetime. Therefore, an advantage to share our faith in every given opportunity is worth it all, whether the message we present is received or rejected.  


  • What aspects of sharing your faith make you feel uncomfortable? How can you turn to the Holy Spirit to fill you with passion, excitement and courage to share the gospel?


  • In presenting the gospel, Stephen took advantage of a window of opportunity to speak to Jewish historians in an area of their particular interest. What are some areas that you see as a unique opportunity to share your faith?

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