one of seven men chosen from the Hellenists--a Greek-speaking wing
of the church--to see that no widows were neglected in the daily
distribution of food. He became known as a man "full of grace
and power" whose speaking was inspired by the Spirit of God.
The Jews brought false witnesses against him, accusing him of speaking
against the Jewish law and Temple. Stephen had to stand trial before
the Jewish Council. When he accused them of betraying and murdering
their Messiah, they stoned him. The outcome was persecution of the
Church in Jerusalem, the scattering of believers, and
expanded missionary activity elsewhere.
6:1-6 - Appointed to distribute food
Stephen was killed by stoning