THE STORY OF STEPHEN, THE FIRST MARTYR



STEPHEN THE FIRST MARTYR
In the New Testament, in the book of Acts, you will learn how the members of the church
in Jerusalem gave their money freely to help the poor. This free giving led to trouble, as
the church grew so fast; for some of the widows who were poor were passed by, and their
friends made complaints to the apostles. The twelve apostles called the whole church
together, and said:
“It is not well that we should turn aside from preaching and teaching the word of God to
sit at tables and give out money. But, brethren, choose from among yourselves seven good
men; men who have the Spirit of God and are wise, and we will give this work to them; so
that we can spend our time in prayer and in preaching the gospel.”

THE STORY OF THE MAN AT THE BEAUTIFUL GATE



MAN AT THE BEAUTIFUL GATE
Soon after Jesus was taken up into heaven, his disciples began to preach, as he had told
them to do. They stood up in the streets, and in the Temple, and spoke to the people all
the words that Jesus had given to them. And although they could no longer see Jesus, he
was with them, and helped them, and gave them great power.
The two apostles, Peter and John, were one day going up to the temple at the afternoon
hour of prayer, about three o’clock. They walked across the court of the Gentiles, which
was a large, open square paved with marble, having on its eastern side a double row of
pillars with a roof above them, called Solomon’s Porch. In front of this porch was the
principal entrance to the Temple, through a gate which was called “The Beautiful Gate.”

THE STORY OF THE MIRACLE WORKER



Miracle Worker
There was at Capernaum an officer of the Roman army, a man who had under
him a company of a hundred men. They called him “a centurion,” a word which means
“commanding a hundred”; but we should call him “a captain.” This man was not a Jew,
but was what the Jews called “a Gentile,” “a foreigner”; a name which the Jews gave to
all people outside their own race. All the world except the Jews themselves were Gentiles.

THE STORY OF THE EMPTY TOMB


Empty Tomb

After Jesus was taken before the high-priest where he was ridiculed and the people spat
upon him, he was taken before the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, who ruled over
Judea. He heard their complaints, but did not find any cause for putting him to death. But
at last he yielded to their demands, although he declared Jesus was innocent of all wrong.
And so Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, gave command that Jesus should die by the
cross. The Roman soldiers then took Jesus and beat him most cruelly; and then led him
out of the city to the place of death. This was a place called “Golgotha” in the Jewish
language, “Calvary” in that of the Romans; both words meaning “The Skull Place.”

THE STORY OF THE BETRAYAL



Betrayal
At the foot of the Mount of Olives, near the path over the hill toward Bethany, there was
an orchard of olive trees, called “The Garden of Gethsemane.” The word “Gethsemane”
means “oil press.” Jesus often went to this place with his disciples, because of its quiet
shade. At this garden he stopped, and outside he left eight of his disciples, saying to them,
“Sit here while I go inside and pray.”

THE STORY OF THE PALM BRANCHES



Palm Branches
From Jericho, Jesus and his disciples went up the mountains, and came to Bethany, where
his friends Martha and Mary lived, and where he had raised Lazarus to life. Many people
in Jerusalem heard that Jesus was there, and they went out of the city to see him, for
Bethany was only two miles from Jerusalem.

THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND THE GOOD SAMARITAN



Good Samaritan
Soon afterward Jesus gave to the people in Jerusalem the parable or story of “The Good
Shepherd.”
“Verily, verily (that is, ‘in truth, in truth’), I say to you, if any one does not go into the
sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, it is a sign that he is a thief and a
robber. But the one who comes in by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.

THE STORY OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT



Sermon On The Mount
Among the Jews there was one class of men hated and despised by the people more than
any other. That was “the publicans.” These were the men who took from the people the
tax which the Roman rulers had laid upon the land. Many of these publicans were selfish,
grasping, and cruel.

THE STORY OF THE FISHERMEN



The Fisherman
When Jesus began to teach the people by the river Jordan, a few young men came to him
as followers, or disciples. Some of these men were Andrew and John, Peter and Philip and
Nathanael. While Jesus was teaching near Jerusalem and in Samaria, these men stayed
with Jesus; but when he came to Galilee, they went to their homes and work, for most of
them were fishermen from the Sea of Galilee.

THE STORY OF THE STRANGER AT THE WELL



Stranger At The Well
While Jesus was teaching in Jerusalem and in the country places near it, John the Baptist
was still preaching and baptizing. But already the people were leaving John and going to
hear Jesus. Some of the followers of John the Baptist were not pleased as they saw that
fewer people came to their master, and that the crowds were seeking Jesus.

THE STORY OF STEPHEN, THE FIRST MARTYR

STEPHEN THE FIRST MARTYR In the New Testament, in the book of Acts, you will learn how the members of the church in Jerusalem gave ...