Wicked Men Kill Stephen

“Wicked Men Kill Stephen,” Friend, Sept. 2003, 10

Wicked Men Kill Stephen

Chapter 59

people join the Church

Many Pharisees thought that miracles would stop when Jesus died. But because the Apostles did miracles like Jesus had, many people believed in Him and joined the Church. Acts 4:1–4, 13–17; Acts 5:14

Peter and John

Afraid of the Apostles, the leaders of the Jews put Peter and John in prison. King Herod Agrippa had the Apostle James killed. Acts 4:3; Acts 12:1–2

Stephen did miracles

The Apostles called other men to help lead the Church. One of these men was a righteous man named Stephen. He was filled with the Holy Ghost and did many miracles. He taught the gospel to many people. Acts 6:3–10


Stephen told the leaders of the Jews that they were wicked. He said they had killed Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Acts 7:51–52

Stephen sees Heavenly Father and Jesus

Stephen looked up into heaven and saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Acts 7:55–56

Stephen is killed

Angry, the people took Stephen out of the city to kill him. They laid their coats by a young Pharisee named Saul, who was later called Paul, then threw stones at Stephen. As Stephen was dying, he asked the Savior to take his spirit to heaven. Then he died. Acts 7:57–60

Illustrated by Paul Mann