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Power Point - March 24, 2006

March 24, 2006


And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.



--Acts 6:8


Stephen was a giant of our faith. Scripture tells us he was a man of incredible character and commitment.


Through Stephen, you and I can learn how to be a true victor in our day — just like he was. In fact, I’d like to use the acrostic for “victor” to describe the godly characteristics Stephen possessed… and to show what you and I should strive for in our daily lives:


·   “V” stands for vision. The Bible explains that Stephen had the uncanny ability to cast incredible vision for the future. You and I must also carry this vision for seeing things from God’s perspective.

·   “I” stands for integrity. In Acts 6:3, it says that Stephen was a man of “good reputation.” His enemies may have despised him, but they respected him for the holy man of God he was.

·   “C” stands for compassion — serving others through the power of the Spirit. Stephen was strong and courageous, but also tender and gentle, ministering in love and grace to those he came in contact with.

·   “T” is for tenacious. If you want to live the life of a victor, you must be ruthlessly committed to the kind of courage that produces faith. 

·   “O” stands for optimistic. As Paul says in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” No matter what he was faced with, Stephen was optimistic because of his strong faith in the Lord.

·   “R” stands for rewarded. Stephen was rewarded for his commitment to follow the Lord.


Today, you can be a victor… just like Stephen. But it requires the kind of impeccable character and commitment that he had.




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