Faith is trusting in God, confidence in His reliability. As you get to know God more, your faith grows. And, when you exercise faith, God is pleased with you. Stephen faced persecution with “the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15). He had child-like dependence on Christ to the very end. Even as he was being stoned to death, he prayed for forgiveness for those who were stoning him. The early church grew under such persecution.
Scripture reference: Acts 7:51-8:4
Sermon length – 32:09