Reading: Christian life and service
Reference: Rom. 12:12–21
Romans 12:12: Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Romans 12:13: Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Romans 12:14: Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Romans 12:15: Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Romans 12:16: Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Romans 12:17: Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Romans 12:18: If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Romans 12:19: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Romans 12:20: Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Romans 12:21: Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Reading: Stephan’s martyrdom
Reference: Acts 7:52–60; 8:1–3
Acts 7:52: Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
Acts 7:53: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
Acts 7:54: When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
Acts 7:55: But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
Acts 7:56: And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Acts 7:57: Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
Acts 7:58: And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
Acts 7:59: And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
Acts 7:60: And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Acts 8:1: And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judæa and Samaria, except the apostles.
Acts 8:2: And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.
Acts 8:3: As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.