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CHURCH (GROWTH) HISTORY 2: ‘MAKE DISCIPLES’

CHURCH (GROWTH) HISTORY 2: ‘MAKE DISCIPLES’

The first Church grew in a world without smart phones, social media, TV (or even sporks).

So how did it spread?

Simply by people passing on the truth about Jesus to other people.

They would write letters (like Paul writing to Christians in Rome, Corinth etc). But more often they would just spend time showing people how to live for God in word and action.

The first Christians didn’t cling onto the truth like a gift to be hidden so they didn’t lose it. As vital as it is, they were ready to give it away to anyone who would listen. They travelled as far and as wide as they could, passing on the world-shakingly-good news. Those first disciples have long gone, but the fearless Spirit that drove them lives on.

Now it’s our turn to pass on the knowledge, the truth we have learnt about Jesus.

Contrary to what you might be thinking, you don’t need to be a theology hero for this. You don’t need to be called pastor or deacon or elder. Acts 1:8 says that God is asking each one of us to be a ‘witness.’ The job of a witness is simply to say what they’ve seen, what they have experienced. So don’t worry if you’re not an expert, don’t worry about making a mistake, just tell it like it is.

What Now?

Passion is infectious. Passion helps pass on knowledge. Probably a fair few of us chose to live for God because of a passionate Christian youth leader, friend, or family member in our lives. Be the most passionate, enthusiastic follower of Jesus you can be, and other people will catch that passion.

‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’ Hosea 4:6 NKJ

Joy Ferdiz

July 2nd, 2014

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