Make sure each person is welcomed and feels loved.
The following is a summary of the Bible story to help you with your
preparation. It is NOT to be read to the children. Instead, use your Bible to
explain the story. Make a note page to help you remember your plans for
the lesson or questions you wanted to ask.
After Jesus went to Heaven, more and more people believed in Jesus.
One special man was Stephen. God blessed Stephen and he did many amazing miracles.
He was also able to share helpful words with others.
Some of the religious teachers did not like Stephen. They did not believe that Je-
sus was alive and they did not like what Stephen was saying and doing.
They paid some men to spread lies about Stephen. When the people heard these
rumors, they began to watch Stephen closely. They were looking for Stephen to do
something wrong. Instead, he continued to stand up for Jesus and his faith. In fact, some
people said that his face looked like an angel because he obeyed God and knew that God
was with him.
The teachers brought Stephen into their meeting room to ask him questions.
Stephen answered by sharing many stories from the Old Testament. This is the first part
of the Bible before Jesus was born.
Stephen shared how God helped many people even when some of them turned
their back on Him. Stephen told about all the men who followed God and did what He
said even though they were not sure what was next.
Finally, Stephen told the men that they were stubborn and would not believe in
Jesus. He told them that their fathers hurt God’s people and even killed Jesus.
The men got very angry. Stephen looked up and saw Heaven. He also saw God
and Jesus. He told the men what he saw.
When the men heard this, they were furious! They grabbed Stephen and took
him outside the city wall. They were so angry that they threw big stones at him until he
Explain what it means to die for what you believe
Share how a person can go to Heaven
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