At that time, when the number of disciples was multiplying, a complaint
arose among the Greek-speaking believers against the Hebrews, because their
widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food.
So the twelve Apostles
summoned all the disciples and said, “It is not appropriate for us to neglect
the Gospel-word of God
in order to serve tables. 3 So select from among
you, brothers, seven men with good reputations, full of the spirit and wisdom,
whom we may appoint over this work.
4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer
and the ministry of the Gospel-word.” 5 These words pleased the whole group. They
chose Stephen, a man full of faith and holy spirit, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor,
Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte from Antioch.
6 They brought
them before the Apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
7 The Gospel-word of God kept spreading and the number of disciples greatly
increased in Jerusalem. Many of the priests became obedient to the faith. 8 Stephen, full of grace and power, performed great wonders and miraculous signs among
the people. 9 But some from what was known as the synagogue of the freedmen, including Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and the province of Asia, started to
dispute with Stephen.
10 They were unable to resist the wisdom and the spirit
by which he spoke. 11 Then they secretly induced some men to say, “We have
heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”
stirred up the people, the elders and the religious teachers, and they came and
seized Stephen, and brought him before the council, the Sanhedrin. 13 They set up false witnesses
who said, “This man never stops speaking against this holy place and the
14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this
place, and will change the customs which Moses delivered to us.” 15 All those
sitting in the council fixed their eyes on Stephen, and saw his face as if it
were the face of an angel.
About the Kingdom, as defined in Mark 1:14-15 as a summary of the Christian faith.