“And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people” (v8). Stephen was one of the seven men appointed to be managers (or deacons) of the growing church, and he was “full of faith and Holy Spirit” (v5). His preaching and miracles astounded people and angered others, and false witnesses arose to accuse him. Rather than serving the church for years with his gifts, Stephen was immediately captured (v12).
“But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking” (v10). Stephen didn’t build his own ministry or even break free from prison, yet the power of his life and witness shook up the world.