JESUS 33 ENCOUNTER RETREAT DAY 28

EARLY CHURCH & WORKS OF THE HOLYSPIRIT:

EARLY CHURCH IS THE FIRST FRUIT OF GOD’S LOVE. THE EARLY CHRISTIANS WERE NOT RECOGNISED BY THEIR BIRTH, NAME OR CULTURE BUT IN THE WAY THEY LIVED THE LIFE OF GIVING AND SHARING. THE OTHER FAITH PEOPLE STARTED CALLING THEM CHRISTIANS IN ANTIOCH AND CORINTH BECAUSE THEY REFLECTED THE IMAGE OF GOD THE CHRIST. JESUS HIMSELF DID NOT CREATE ANY WAY OF LIFE BUT PREACHED A GOSPEL OF REPENTENCE AND FAITH. THE RITUAL OF BAPTISM AND OTHER SACRAMENTS WERE DOCUMENTED LATER IN COUNCILS HELD BY THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST BUT IN THE FIRST TWO CENTURIES PEOPLE PRACTISED FAITH NOT THROUGH A INSTITUTION OR CHURCH BUT WAS FROM THE MOUTH OF PEOPLE AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WHO WOULD GATHER TOGETHER TO BREAK THE BREAD AND CELEBRATE THE DEATH AND RESURECTION OF JESUS.

LIVING THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST IN FAITH IS THE CENTRAL MESSAGE OF CHRISTIANITY. THE HOLYSPIRIT DESCENDED NOT ONLY ON APOSTLES BUT ALSO TO VARIOUS PEOPLE WHO WERE RIGHTEOUS AND WAITING ON GOD’S KINGDOM ON THIS EARTH. THE GREATEST PERSECUTIONS AND HARDSHIPS WERE FACED BY EARLY CHRISTIANS.MOST OF THESE CHRISTIANS WERE NOT BIBLE BASED CHRISTIANS BUT TRADITIONALISTS BECAUSE THEY HEARD THE GOODNEWS FROM OTHER PEOPLE WHO WITNESSED THEM IN WORDS AND DEEDS. THE BIBLE IS A LIBRARY OF BOOKS WHICH WAS COMPILED MUCH LATER CENTURIES BUT FOR THE FIRST TWO CENTURIES THE WORD OF GOD WAS MOUTH TO MOUTH EVANGELISATION, BUT WE SEE MAXIMUM SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL HAPPENED IN THE FIRST & SECOND CENTURY. FOR GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE, HE CAN CONVERT SAUL IN TO PAUL . GOD ALSO CAN INSPIRE LUKE AND MARK WHO WERE NOT THE DESCIPLES OF JESUS TO WRITE THE TWO IMPORTANT GOSPELS OF JESUS LIFE.

THE MIRACLES,SIGNS AND WONDERS WERE ACCOMPANIED WITH THOSE WHO BELIEVED IN JESUS. ALL THE APOSTLES AND THOUSANDS OF JESUS FOLLOWERS LEFT EVERYTHING AND STARTED PREACHING THE GOODNEWS TO THE END OF THE EARTH. MATERISLISM AND SELFISHNESS WAS DEFEATED BY THE GRACE OF THE HOLYSPIRIT. THE OUT POURING OF THE HOLYSPIRIT WAS ABUNDANT ON EVERY PERSON WHO BELIEVED IN JESUS AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOUR.

HOLYSPIRIT PROMPTED PEOPLE TO BE PROPHETS AND PRIESTS. A NEW MOVEMENT IN THE NAME OF JESUS SPREAD ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE FEAR OF PHYSICAL LIFE AND DEATH WERE VANISHED FROM THEIR MIND AND FAITH & LOVE EMERGED IN THEIR LIFE. THEY LIVED IN FAITH AND LOVE ALONE.

IN SHORT THE EARLY CHRISTIANS WERE DEDICATED AND COMMITTED PEOPLE WHO HAD ZEAL AND COURAGE TO LIVE THE GOSPEL AND SPREAD THE GOSPEL. THEY LIVED AND DREAMT THE GOSPEL ALONE.THEIR CHILDREN WERE GIVEN GOSPEL VALUES AND GOSPEL BECAME THE MERIT , NAME AND FAME IN THEIR LIFE. THEY LIVED A LIFE OF BEATITUDES AND THE HOLYSPIRIT WAS PRESENT WITH THEM JUST LIKE A FREIND OR ANOTHER PERSON IN THEIR LIFE TO GUIDE THEM, COUNSEL THEM AND COMFORT THEM.

DURING THE FIRST TWO CENTURIES THE STRONGHOLD KINGDOMS LIKE ROMAN, SYRIAN, GREEK GOT TRANSFORMED THROUGH THE POWERFUL WITNESSING OF PAUL , APOSTLES AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND DESCIPLES. CHRISTIANS WERE BURNED TO DEATH AND CRUEL PERSECUTION BEGAN THOSE WHO BELIEVED JESUS BUT MORE CHRUSTIANS WERE PERSECUTED, THEY INCREASED IN NUMBERS. HOLYSPIRIT WAS AT WORK WITH ALL THE BELIEVERS.

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