Acts 6:1-15, NLT
Acts of the Apostles 6
Seven Men Chosen to Serve
1But as the believers*6:1 Greek disciples; also in 6:2, 7. rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food.
2So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program.
5Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (an earlier convert to the Jewish faith).
7So God’s message continued to spread. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.
Stephen Is Arrested
8Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people.
11So they persuaded some men to lie about Stephen, saying, “We heard him blaspheme Moses, and even God.”
13The lying witnesses said, “This man is always speaking against the holy Temple and against the law of Moses.
15At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s.