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Passing It On

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Reading the letters of the New Testament (including 1 Peter), we notice how widespread the Christian faith had already become just 20-30 years after the death of Jesus. How did that happen?

Reading the letters of the New Testament (including 1 Peter), we notice how widespread the Christian faith had already become just 20-30 years after the death of Jesus. How did that happen?

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  • 1. 1 Peter 1:1[1] Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen
  • 2. “Progress Report” Passages in Acts
  • 3. Acts 2:41,47 [41] So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.[47] … And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
  • 4. Acts 4:4[3] And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. [4] But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
  • 5. Acts 5:14[14] And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number,
  • 6. Acts 6:1,7[1] Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose…
  • 7. Acts 6:1,7[7] The word of God kept onspreading; and the number of the disciples continued toincrease greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.
  • 8. Acts 8:4[3] But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison. [4] Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.
  • 9. Acts 9:31[31] So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.
  • 10. Acts 12:24 [23] And immediately anangel of the Lord struck himbecause he did not give Godthe glory, and he was eaten by worms and died. [24] But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.
  • 11. Acts 16:5[5] So the churches werebeing strengthened in thefaith, and were increasing in number daily.
  • 12. Acts 19:20 [19] And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight ofeveryone; … [20] So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing.
  • 13. Acts 28:31[30] And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, [31] preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.
  • 14. How Did They Do It?
  • 15. The Gospel was passed on by Christians’… Public Preaching
  • 16. Acts 2:14[14] But Peter, taking his standwith the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words.
  • 17. Acts 17:19-20 [19] And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus,saying, “May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming? [20] “For you arebringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean.”
  • 18. Acts 19:8-9 [9] But when some were becoming hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before the people, he withdrew from them and took away the disciples, reasoningdaily in the school of Tyrannus.
  • 19. The Gospel was passed on by Christians’… Household Teaching
  • 20. Acts 18:7[7] Then he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God, whose house was next to the synagogue.
  • 21. 2 Timothy 1:5 [5] For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and yourmother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.
  • 22. The Gospel was passed on by Christians…Personal Conversations
  • 23. Acts 8:29ff[29] Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” [30] Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
  • 24. Acts 17:17[17] So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.
  • 25. The Gospel was passed on by Christians… Writings
  • 26. John 20:31[31] but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
  • 27. Luke 1:1-4[3] it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; [4] so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.
  • 28. The Gospel was passed on by Christians… Prayer
  • 29. Acts 4:29-31[31] And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
  • 30. Ephesians 6:19-20 [19] and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth,to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, [20] for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
  • 31. Colossians 4:2-4[3] praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; [4] that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.
  • 32. Final Phrases to Put in Our Lives Live and Speak
  • 33. Final Phrases to Put in Our Lives Be Ready
  • 34. Final Phrases to Put in Our Lives Everybody In
  • 35. Final Phrases to Put in Our Lives Our Main Purpose
  • 36. Final Phrases to Put in Our Lives God Through Us