Now that we have reviewed some of the “BIG PICTURE” principles of God’s plan and purpose for His church, I want you to see how this worked out practically in the Early Church. As a start, read the following verses and note what the Lord was doing through the Apostles.
“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41).
“And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47).
“Now in these days…the disciples were increasing in number” (Acts 6:1).
“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied” (Acts 9:31).
“And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord” (Acts 11:21).
“And a great many people were added to the Lord” (Acts 11:24).
“Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed” (Acts 14:1).
This is the work of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Where God is at work and the Spirit is not grieved or quenched, this is what happens. Some say this cannot happen today. To those people I ask the question; ‘have God’s principles and power changed?’ The same Holy Spirit that God gave at Pentecost is still here! What has changed? I believe we have substituted God’s ways for man’s, and the Holy Spirit’s power for man’s ability. There is only one answer to this problem. STOP – REPENT – RETURN TO THE LORD AND HIS WORD!!
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