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   Or…how did the first Church so solidly arrive…so that it has continued for 2000 years?

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   Okay, someone says, “God did it, and God can do anything. And, after all the Holy Spirit was at work.”

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   Well, we certainly won’t deny that…but…but what sort of “engines” seemed to be driving the action that made the church take such a deep root so that it could continue?

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As we read the book of Acts, we see 3.

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For that you need to use the DOOR.

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   This, quite frankly, comes from what we consider a far, or a long, view of devotionally reading the book of Acts. We see love, miracles, and harassment as the happenings that dominated the scene.

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   (1)  Love.  Believers must love at all costs: (a) love God first, and certainly if professing faith, not lie to Him, (b) love the Gospel message, and (c) love the surrounding people enough to share the Gospel message.

   (2)  Miracles.  Why should anyone believer a group of emotional, largely uneducated religious nuts? Miracles seemed to follow them, things that educated people had no answer for. These became an in-your-face red light, so that while people waited for the light to turn green again, the Gospel could shared. Note that the importance of miracles seemed to lessen with time, however.

   (3)  Harassment.  The traditionalists, many–though not all–of the educated and/or more well-to-do and those in power resisted change that was out of their control no matter how good those changes, especially the healings, might have been. The new “message” must be put down even if it meant killing the messengers. And the harassment organized and grew spread almost everywhere the Gospel went.

   Those who accepted and endured such things left a message that was hard to be denied.

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   I challenge you the next time you read the book of Acts, to consider these things. Becoming a Christian then meant being willing to accept the supernatural, to rearrange your love interest, and to take the heat for what you say and how you live.

   Not much different from today.