Stephen

Stephen (Stee´vuhn)

A leader in the early Jerusalem church whose story appears in (Acts 6:1-8:2). The other references to Stephen in the NT refer to this story (Acts 11:19; Acts 22:20). According to (Acts 6:1-6), a dispute had developed in the Jerusalem church between the “Hellenists” (probably Jewish Christians whose first language was Greek) and the “Hebrews” (Jewish Christians who spoke Hebrew or Aramaic). In order to resolve the dispute, seven Hellenists were chosen for positions of leadership, one of whom was Stephen. Stephen is portrayed in Acts as a bold man, wise, full of faith, and possessed of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:5; Acts 6:8; Acts 6:10). The speech of Stephen in (Acts 7:2-53) is presented as Stephen’s defense of his position. The essential point is that Israel has always been slow to accept any new activity of God. According to Acts, this message angered Stephen’s audience, and he was stoned to death (vv. 54–58).

Acts 6:1-8:2

Seven Chosen to Serve
1Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows w ... View more

Acts 11:19

The Church in Antioch
19Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, ... View more

Acts 22:20

20And while the blood of your witness Stephen was shed, I myself was standing by, approving and keeping the coats of those who killed him.’

Acts 6:1-6

Seven Chosen to Serve
1Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows w ... View more

Acts 6:5

5What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, P ... View more

Acts 6:8

The Arrest of Stephen
8Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.

Acts 6:10

10But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.

Acts 7:2-53

2And Stephen replied:
“Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Hara ... View more

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