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Studies In The Book of Acts Reasons for Church Growth (Introduction and Lesson 1)

by Larry Miles

     In Matthew 16:18 Jesus promised  to establish His Church. This  glorious event  took place on the Day of Pentecost. Acts tells us that God of Heaven launched His  Church  that  day.  In the first few chapters of Acts we are  told that early  church  centered their ministries in the  city of Jerusalem. They had  ventured out  as  Jesus had  commanded. The  narrative  centers our attention on the work of Peter and John.

In the  3rd Chapter they  had healed the  lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple.

     We  would like to  spend some  time on each  of the five  reasons for  Church  Growth.

They are as  follows:

  1. The Early Church Preached the Right Message.
  2. The Early  Church Preached the Right Name.
  3. The Early Church had Boldness In Defense of the Truth.
  4. The  Early  Church Was a  Praying Church.
  5. The Early Church Was One In Christ.

If we are willing to see how the early Church existed among the  Jewish, Roman, and Greek cultures, and implement their techniques, we, too, can  experience church  growth. It  will help us work for the unity of all believers in Christ.

  1. The Early Church Preached the Right Message

    In  Acts 4:2 we read the  following, “Being greatly disturbed because they  were teaching the people, and proclaiming in Jesus the  resurrection from the dead…”  As the Apostles were teaching, opposition arose from the Sadducees. The Sadducees did  not believe in the resurrection from  the  dead. There are many today who deny the  bodily  resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today, like in the  apostolic age, it takes boldness to proclaim the resurrection. But  we must proclaim it from our pulpits and in our conversations.  The  early  church stressed  the importance of proclaiming  the resurrection of the  Lord of Glory.

    The  resurrection is the driving force behind the gospel. It should be the basis for our  message. Jesus proved Himself to  be  the Christ  through the resurrection. It makes the  church and her mission strong. We  should  declare it as the  bedrock of the Christian faith. If  Christ was not  raised then there is no hope for us. If He  did not  rise from the dead He is not  our  Savior and we are  destined for a  devil’s hell.

    The  resurrection demonstrated that the power of Jesus was stronger than that of Satan. The resurrection is the  most essential element  of the Christian faith. We must be found proclaiming it to the world, and to the  assembly. This is why  we can die with the hope of the  resurrection from the dead.

 

Larry Miles is Co-Editor of Word and Work and attends Cherry St. Church of Christ in New Albany, IN.

 




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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33