by Robert Walker

Principles of a Great Church
ACTS 5:12

In our message I plan to look at some principles used by the early church as it was reaching out to the world.

The early Church grew very rapidly in an age that was hostile to the cause of Jesus Christ. In Acts chapter two it added 3000 souls. In Acts 2:47 it says the Lord added to their number daily. Then in Acts 4:4 it says the number of men were about 5000.

And in addition to the men there were women and children. So the early church was growing at a fantastic rate for in a matter of days and weeks it numbered in the thousands.

I believe it was because of these godly principles that the early church was able to reach the world. Friend contrary to what you may think it wasn't easy being a Christian either. The price was high and it wasn't just a jump on the band wagon type of thing.

The demands of discipleship were extreme and they were called upon to make an all out commitment to the Lord. They were counting the cost for there was no little print in their contract the price was high.

I think it is obvious that these people wanted to win people to Jesus Christ and they did it through the power of the Holy Spirit. There is something exciting and thrilling about bringing people into the experience of the new birth.

The great tragedy of our modern church age is we are satisfied without growth. It seems that we are contented just to come to Church hear a sermon take a few notes and get excited about the illumination we are receiving from the Word of God. But friend the bottom line of feasting on the Word of God is to make you more effective and excited about winning the lost to Jesus Christ.

When you listen to the last Words of Jesus Christ then you realize that winning people is our mission in this world.

Notice in Acts 4:29

Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,

In spite of the treats they were pr ...

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