In Acts we read how the church got off to a tremendous start. There is the day of Pentecost when 3,000 men were baptized and brought into the fellowship of the church. The church continued to grow as these Christians met together and cared for one another. Yet, there was a little problem. For the most part Christians remained in Jerusalem, not going into the World. God allowed a persecution to happen and this is the result of that persecution:
And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went (Acts 8:1-4; NIV) .
When the Church scattered because of the persecution these new Christians took the gospel, the Good News of God’s love found in Jesus Christ, with them. It wasn’t just the Apostles who preached the Gospel, but it was all those who had been scattered. Each Christian, as he/she went into the world, proclaimed the Good News. The result was that Christianity began to spread, not only outside of Jerusalem, but outside of Judea and Samaria as well.
It is not only the responsibility of paid ministers and missionaries to take the Gospel to a sick and dying world, it is the responsibility of each person who has put their faith in Jesus. Part of our individual responsibility as Christians is to find our place in this disciple making process. Everyone has something to contribute. What are you contributing?