The first Christian martyr. 

Stephen was 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.

Acts 6:1-6 - Appointed to distribute food
Acts 7:54-60 - Martyrdom

Stephen was killed by stoning

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