:B:1 In those days, as the number of disciples grew, the so-called Hellenists complained against the so-called Hebrews, because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 So the Twelve summoned the whole body of disciples together and said, It is not right that we should neglect the word of God to serve at tables. 3 So, friends, choose from among yourselves seven respected men full of Spirit and wis dom, that we may appoint them to this task. 4 As for us, we shall give ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.
5 The whole community agreed and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and Holy Spirit
7 The Word of God continued to spread, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly and even many priests accepted the faith.
The story of Stephen
:B:8 Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. 9 Some persons then came forward, who belonged to the so-called Syna gogue of Freedmen from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia and Asia. 10 They argued with Stephen but they could not match the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. 11 As they were unable to face the truth, they bribed some men to say, We heard him speak against Moses and against God.
12 So they stirred up the people, the elders and the teachers of the Law