Stephen is described as a man full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom (Acts 6:3). He did “great wonders and miraculous signs among the people…[and] men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke” (Acts 6:8, 9-10).
Stephen was dragged before the Sanhedrin and gave an account of the Hebrew/Jewish people’s history. At the end he called them: “uncircumcised hearts and ears…who always resist the Holy Spirit” (Acts 7:51). To this the Sanhedrin were furious and rushed Stephen, dragged him out of the city and stoned him.
“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria” (Acts 8:1).
We threw paper “rocks” at a student who stood in for Stephen… it was great!