The story of the apostle Paul’s conversion is a remarkable example of the power and reach of God’s grace. From darkness to light, Paul is pulled by the Spirit from a life of violence to a life of service; from a life of self-preservation and self-promotion to a life of sacrifice and surrender. We are, therefore, made to marvel at the illimitable, uncontainable hand of God in our salvation.
In Acts 6 and 7, we are given the account of Stephen’s trial, sermon, and execution. What’s most intriguing about his sermon, however, is its utter lack of personal defense or excuse for his words and actions. In fact, Stephen doubles-down on his faith and makes an adamantine presentation for the gospel of the crucified and resurrected Christ in one of the most important discourses in all the Bible.