This speech from Stephen is the longest in the book of Acts. It accomplishes at least three purposes. First, it’s Stephen’s defence from the charges made against him. Second, because of the way Stephen retells their history, he lays the groundwork for accusations against the religious leaders. Third, the speech is used as a hinge point for a change in action from Christianity being exclusively among Jewish people, centered around Jerusalem, to something being among all people in all places. But, this speech also reveals the character of God in his relationships.
Scripture References: Acts 7:2-60
This is a verse by verse study through the book of Acts.
Matthew 26:69-75, Matthew 27:1-10