In this next section of Revelation we consider the promise of a better world. Yet before God introduces the new creation he has promised, all that spoils the present age will be dramatically swept away.
The message of the gospel continues to spread by the power of the Holy Spirit, now to the city of Antioch. The church is centred around the preaching of the word of God.
In this passage we come to a very significant moment in the book of Acts – the conversion of Paul the Apostle, and the conversion of the first Gentiles. We are reminded that no one is beyond the reach of God’s embrace.
Here we meet Stephen, after whom our church is named. He is a godly man who ultimately dies for his unwavering faith in Jesus.
In a confronting sequence of events, the believers of the early church are given an important lesson about the danger of hypocrisy among believers.