Saul agreed with putting him to death. On that day a severe persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the land of Judea and Samaria.
But devout men buried Stephen and mourned deeply over him.
Saul, however, was ravaging the church, and he would enter house after house, drag off men and women, and put them in prison.
So those who were scattered went on their way proclaiming the message of good news.
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and preached the Messiah to them.
The crowds paid attention with one mind to what Philip said, as they heard and saw the signs he was performing.