Acts 7:55-60 (NRSV)
55 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven
and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of
he said, ‘I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing
at the right hand of God!’
57 But they covered
their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him.
58 Then they dragged
him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid
their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 While they
were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’
60 Then he knelt
down and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this
sin against them.’ When he had said this, he died.
1 Peter 2:2-5,7
2 Like newborn
infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may
grow into salvation --
3 if indeed you
have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 Come to him,
a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious
in God’s sight, and
5 like living
stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a
holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God
through Jesus Christ.
7To you then who
believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, ‘The
stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the