Reflection. How to grow the Church, according to the Bible.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

In chapter 2 of the book of Acts tells the fullness of the Holy Spirit on the early church at Pentecost . From how much there is to write and meditate on this opportunity just want to refer to a single aspect (which perhaps is one that is not touched almost never) : The type of preaching that gave Pedro.

The sermon of the apostle was decidedly confrontational and exhortation :
36 . " Know, then , certainly all the house of Israel that God has made Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified . "

This will surely offended many , but some were touched for good:
37 . On hearing this, they were cut to the heart to Peter and the other apostles, "What shall we do , brothers ? "
38 . Peter replied, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins , and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit ;
39 . For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all that are afar off , for those who call the Lord our God. "
40 . With many other words he testified and exhorted them , " Save yourselves from this corrupt generation. "

Peter exhorted the Truth , he sought to reach a number. In the style of the ancient prophets Peter said what he had to say about God. That is why Scripture says:
41 . Those who received his word were baptized. That day they were joined by some 3,000 people .
42 . They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship , to the breaking of bread and the prayers .
43 . Fear gripped all done through the apostles many signs and wonders .
44 . All the believers were together and had everything in common ;
45 . Selling their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need .
46 . Attending the temple every day with perseverance and with the same spirit , they broke bread at home and ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart.

In the church of Peter had plenty of everything: money, bread, people, miracles, Word, teaching.

47 . Praising God and having favor with all the people. Each day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved .

For those who want to grow the Church, this "recipe Bible " really works ( help people to know the truth , show them what is wrong , to lead them to repentance) . God will add to the congregation those who should be . Against the " Prosperity Gospel " and " The Cult of Come Receive" the only alternative is to return to the Word of God.


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