When the Disciples hear the vibe that the local Jewish converts are getting treated better than the Greek ones, they decide to pick seven trustworthy and honourable Greek speakers to make sure the love is shared around more fairly. These men are responsible for the practical administration and running of the fledgling church while the Disciples get on with the business of spreading the news about Jesus. One of these pillars of the community, or deacons, as they become known, is Stephen. Unashamed to speak his mind about Jesus, Stephen begins to get some Jewish backs up and before long, some phony claims that he has been badmouthing both Moses and God see him brought up before the supreme council of the Jews in Jerusalem, the Sanhedrin. Once in front of the Sanhedrin, Stephen launches into a sermon that pretty much tracks the story of the Jews from Abraham to Solomon and ends with an angry tirade where the Jews are accused of consistently failing to recognise a prophet when one is staring them in the face. When Stephen accuses the gathered Jewish elite of murdering the Messiah, the Sanhedrin erupts in fury. Undeterred, Stephen looks up to the heavens where he claims to see Jesus standing at the right hand of God. This is too much for the Jews and they drag Stephen out of the city where they throw rocks at him until he is dead. A fanatical young Jew called Saul is asked to mind peoples’ coats while they are busy stoning Stephen but, fortunately for Christianity, Saul later becomes one of the strongest advocates for the vibe of Jesus, changes his name to Paul and almost single-handedly jump starts the churches that many of us are familiar with today.
General vibe of Stephen: Faithful and fearless
Factvibe: Stephen is the first Christian martyr.