The Church Growth: Lessons from the Early Church

By Kola S. Ajibola

Introduction

Growth is the process of growing physically, mentally or emotionally; increase in size, amount or degree of something (Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary).

  1. Numerically – Acts 2:41, 47; 4:4; etc;
  2. Spiritually – 2 Peter 3:18; Acts 17:11.

From the very day of church establishment, the Lord’s church erupted like a blast of dynamite in the first century – Acts 2:41; 4:4; 5:14; 8:1, 4.

The church was dynamic, spiritual militant force that it was referred to as those who had:

  1. “turned the world upside down” – Acts 17:6;
  2. they were “everywhere spoken against” – Acts 28:22.

II. The Growth: – Acts 2:41, 47; 4:4; 5:14; 6:1; 6:7; 12:24; 16:5; 19:20

Within 30 years of its existence, Paul could say that the gospel had come to all the world – Colossians 1:5-6, 23. The gospel spread in the following order with respect to the command of Christ to the Apostles in Acts 1:8:

III. The Growth is always a result of:

  1. Spreading (planting- Paul planted, I Corinthians 3:6) the seeds –Luke 8:11
  1. Irrigating (Follow-up) – “Apollos watered” – I Corinthians 3:6
  2. God giving the increase – I Corinthians 3:6-7. “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase .” (KJV)

IV. Lessons to be Learnt

THE EARLY CHURCH GREW BECAUSE MEMBERS:

Thousands were added to the Lord’s church soon after it was established -Acts 2:41; Acts 4:4; because its members

  1. The Key to church growth:

The members must be motivated to reach out by:

Conclusion

Thank you, may God continue to bless His church and children, Amen.

Kola S. Ajibola

The church of Christ, Ogo-Oluwa, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria.

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Box 35478, Agodi Gate, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. +234-805-604-8209,

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