The second chapter of Acts describes the birth of the greatest association of people ever established on earth: the Church. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly . . .” Not hesitantly. Not tentatively. Not fearfully. The early Church “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine, and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread and in prayers” (Acts 2:41-42). Today‘s Church stops with the doctrine, but the early Church continued steadfastly with much more.
Nearly 2000 years ago, the Apostles turned their world “upside down” with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their success has been an inspiration to every generation of believers that has followed; yet none have duplicated their success. Why? Was the Lord Jesus more powerful back then? Did He give the Apostles a key to success that He has not given us? The answer to both questions is No! Jesus is expecting the 20th century Church to reach the world the same way the early Church did; but if we are to succeed in this great mission, we must use the same keys the Apostles used.