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A CHALLENGING WORD FROM OUR PRESIDENT

The Early Church Was A Growing Church!  What’s Happening With Your Church And Ministry?!?!  The Church of the first century was on the move and vibrant.  She was an Evangelizing Church – a Missions-minded Church.  She was growing by leaps and bounds – even daily!  ‘Listen’ – and watch – as to how she grew:

 11 Disciples (we know there were others that were followers, though) - Matthew 28:16

 V 120 Disciples - Acts 1:15

 V 3000 Converts - Acts 2:41

 V The Lord Added To The Church Daily - Acts 2:27

 V The Number Of Men Believers Was Now About 5000 - Acts 4:4

 V Multitudes Were Added To The Church - Acts 5:14

 V The Number Of Disciples Was Multiplied - Acts 6:1

 V The Number Of Disciples Was Multiplied - Acts 6:7

 V People In Samaria Believed And Were Baptized When Philip Preached - Acts 8:12

 V The Churches Were Multiplied - Acts 9:31

 V Everyone Living In Lydda Turned To The Lord - Acts 9:35

 V Everyone Living In Saron Turned To The Lord - Acts 9:35

 V Many Believed In The Lord In Joppa - Acts 9:42

 V A Great Number Believed - Acts 11:21

 V Much / Many People Were Added To The Lord - To The Church - Acts 11:24

 V The Word Of God Grew And Multiplied In Caesarea; i.e., There Was Much Fruit From The Teaching And Preaching Of God's Word - Acts 12:24

 V One, At Least, Believed In Paphos - Acts 13:12

 V Many Believed In Antioch - Acts 13:48

 V A Great Multitude Believed In Iconium - Acts 14:1 

 V Timothy Believed In Derbe - Acts 16:1

 V The Churches In Derbe Increased In Number Daily - Acts 16:5

 V In Philippi, Lydia Believed And Was Baptized - Acts 16:14-15

 V In Philippi, The Jailer Believed And Was Baptized - Acts 16:30-34

 V In Philippi, The Jailer's Family Believed And Were Baptized - Acts 16:30-34

 V In Thessalonica, Some Believed - Acts 17:4

 V In Thessalonica, A Great Multitude Of Devout Greeks Believed - Acts 17:4

 V In Thessalonica, Many Women Believed - Acts 17:4

 V Many Believed In Berea - Acts 17:12

 V In Athens, Some Men Believed - Acts 17:34

 V In Athens, Some Women Believed - Acts 17:34

 V In Corinth, Many Believed And Were Baptized - Acts 18:8

 V In Ephesus, Many Believed - Acts 19:18

 V In Ephesus, The Word Of God Grew Mightily And Prevailed; i.e., There Was Much Fruit From The Teaching And Preaching Of God's Word - Acts 19:20

 V In Jerusalem It Was Declared That 'Many Thousands Of Jews' Had Become Believers - Acts 21:20 ... The Word Used There Means 'Myriads' - In The Plural!  In Classical History, A 'Myriad' Was A Unit Of Ten Thousand!  This Word Indicates A Countless Or Extremely Great Number - 10's Of Thousands! 

 V In Rome, Some Believed - Acts 28:24 

WHY did this happen?  HOW did this happen?

I’m glad you asked.  LISTEN!  It all happened by a mighty moving of Holy Spirit because the Great Commission was being carried out – i.e., . . . the Word of God grew and multiplied. (Acts 12:24) AND – . . . mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed. (Acts 19:20)  God was and is building His Church via the same strategy today; the gates of hell will not be able to stand against Her! (Matthew 16:18)  When God Writes the on-going saga of the Church and Her growth, I want to see your Church and my Church on His List! – your Ministry and mine!

The bottom Action Line of the New Testament is MISSIONS – for them and for us.  Are we going to be about it or not?

Here’s the question: How are YOU and YOUR Life and Ministry doing in the writing of YOUR piece of Acts 29?

 

Jesus is coming soon!  Are YOU ready?  Are YOU helping others to be ready?  Come on, Church!  Let’s do it!


God Bless! Pastor Terry J