What is the Church? (Vol. 14)

by: Apologetics Press

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Excerpt from the Tract:

Christ spent three-and-a-half years teaching in order to make disciples. When He finally was ready to call them to action, it was not for a quiet retreat into the peaceful, nearby hills. He never intended that they be “holy men” who set themselves apart to spend each hour of every day in quiet meditation. Instead, they were to be soldiers—ready for a spiritual battle against the forces of evil (Ephesians 6:10-17). Jesus called for action, self-denial, uncompromising love for truth, and zeal coupled with knowledge. His words to those who would follow Him were: “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). And many did.
The teaching, however, did not stop when Christ returned to heaven. He had trained others—apostles and disciples—to continue the work He had begun. They were sent to the uttermost parts of the Earth to proclaim the Gospel boldly through preaching and teaching (Matthew 28:18-20). They did this daily, and many new disciples were added. These new disciples were instructed and taught the fundamentals of God’s Word, and then sent on their way to teach others.

The results were amazing. In one day, in a single city, over 3,000 people became members of the original church as a result of the teaching they had heard from the apostle Peter (see Acts 2:41). In fact, preaching about Jesus worked so well that the enemies of Christianity tried to stop any further public teaching (Acts 4:18; 5:28), but they could not. Approximately 2,000 years later, the story of the Cross is still alive, vibrant, and powerful.

Jesus Christ had come to Earth, bringing the “good news” about the last and final covenant that Heaven would make with man. The series of events that began with the birth of Jesus Christ, and ended in His death, burial, and resurrection, stirred a whirlwind of controversy in the first century. Twenty centuries later, it still does.



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