Stephen is the first non-apostle to whom miracles are ascribed, as well as the first non-apostle whose sermon is recorded. He obviously had a powerful, visible, and influential ministry. Stephen was also a skilled apologist in defending the faith probably on themes as the death and resurrection of Jesus, and Old Testament evidence that He was the Messiah. Stephen was the victim of a lying conspiracy. When he was brought before the council, the accusations against him were the same that the religious leaders used against Jesus.