Growth of the Church Daily

Acts 2:40-47, “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’  Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.  And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.  Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.  Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.  So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

I want to focus on this title to start: Growth of the Church Daily.  This was not weekly, monthly, or yearly like churches in the world work now.  This was daily.  This was not by simply advertising in the local paper to come in the doors of the church.  This growth occured by word of mouth.  People coming from far and wide to hear Peter preach about Jesus, who is the Christ.  How powerful is the church that adds to the kingdom of God daily and actively ciltivates growth!

Peter had been preaching a sermon that same day and finished with: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)  This ending resulted in about 3000 people receiving Christ as their Savior and then being baptized to be added to the church.

The story does not end here though.  These same people stayed in the teachings of Peter and the other apostles and began to share what they had done with others.  They did not get saved and then stay quiet, hiding their salvation from the world.  They went from house to house, eating and talking about Jesus.  This is how we ought to be in these times that we live.  Rather than holding on to the gift of salvation that Jesus offers, we should share it with the world.  We should give it freely.  Only by talking about Jesus can we lead others to Jesus.  We must be the ministers to those who need Jesus the most.

The word of mouth is great.  If one person tells another person something, that person can tell 2 people who can tell 2 more people and this can go on until the whole world knows Jesus.  This is how the Word of God should be spread.  This is a simple breakdown, but in that time, very effective.

Something else that was done is that the 3000 people is that they sold their possessions and used the money to help others.  I am not saying that you have to go out and do this as well, but simply that they saw a need and saw the amount of stuff that they had and decided to give, rather than horde.

Growth in the church needs to happen every day, not just Sunday.  As Christians, we need to make sure that non-Christians hear about our God.  They need to hear about how their spiritual needs can be fulfilled in the blood of Jesus, who died on the cross for sin.  His death gives us life.  His suffering becomes our joy in the knowing of God, our Father in Heaven.  His salvation covers all.  Let us go out today and win souls for Christ.

Heavenly Father,

I pray that we, as Christ-followers, learn to share what we received, not just bottle it up inside.  We are so greatful and thankful for all that You are and have done for us.  We do not deserve all that we have received, and yet, You sent Your son to die in our place.  Let us show our love to You by share with all of Your creation.  All of Your creation deserves to know what You have done.  Let us not have a spirit of fear but rather, a spirit of empowerment to be bold and share.  You are a great God.  Thank You for always being a great God.

Amen

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