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 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 ...