Killed for the sake of Christ

Scripture references

Matthew 16:24 (ASV 1901)

24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Acts 7:58–60 (ASV 1901)

58and they cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59And they stoned Stephen, calling upon the Lord, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Acts 12:1–5 (ASV 1901)

Now about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to afflict certain of the church. 2And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. And those were the days of unleavened bread. 4And when he had taken him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him; intending after the Passover to bring him forth to the people. 5Peter therefore was kept in the prison: but prayer was made earnestly of the church unto God for him.

Stories

A thirteen year old girl is about to be killed alongside many others for their faith. But until she was abruptly beheaded, she confronted the Governor upon whose orders they were to be massacred, and utilized her last moments to make a strong case for her faith.
In a flagrant defiance of Diocletian, one of his most trusted soldier would not for anything - threats or riches, deny his faith in Christ. Angered by this, Diocletian subjected this soldier to the worst forms of public torture, but helped by God, he bore it all valiantly; and still preached about his Christ thought it all, untill he finally received a Martyr's crown.
When Dr. Wang was arrested with his little son by the Boxer in Peking, he was offered an opportunity to deny Christ, burn incense in a temple and be set free. But Dr. Wang will not have any of it, boldly he rejected the offer and received a martyr's death.
In a time when the Bible was a contraband and foreigners completely unwelcomed within Korea's borders, Robert Thomas, a fearless missionary from Whales, entered Korea to distribute and sell Bibles, greatly risking his life - until he eventually paid the supreme price.
Rather than deny her faith, Fatima makes a bold statement. Her brother killed her as punishment for forsaking Islam.
During WW II, an American missionary couple in the Philippines, hiding in the mountains of North Luzon were discovered and martyred by the Japanese. Their only request before being killed, was to be given thirty minutes with their Bibles and prayer.
Zhang's grandfather, Sun, suffered great humiliation and public disgrace for the Name of Christ. "Like a helpless lamb among wolves", he was not only taunted for his faith but eventually martyred for it.
For providing refuge to travelling preachers, Sir John Oldcastle was burnt to death in Wales, becoming the first English nobleman to die for the faith.
Many believers were arrested and viciously put to death for their faith. Hans Leupold, a church elder, was one of them - while in prison, Hans composed a beautiful hymn that has now brought consolation and encouragement to suffering saints.
Three believers meet their end on earth through violent death, all because of their faith in the One true God.
In an African country, the State was sponsoring the killing of believers. But these believers, "having met a martyr's death, have thus received a martyr's crown."