This is message 2 in our "Long Live Life" series at the Element. It's all about those who went before us and lived their lives apologetically for Christ. They stood strong in the face of the greatest trials and acknowledged that their lives tell a story louder than any words that could ever be spoken.

There is one thing that God commands of us when we face trial, struggle, and persecution: STAND FIRM. We aren't called to fight the battles or even to win them, but to stand firm and watch Jesus get the victory. Stephen did just this. In the face of persecution and death, he chose to stand his ground for the cause of Christ, and as a result, was honored by seeing Jesus stand for him.