The first Christians didn’t have any power base whatsoever. They didn’t control the local media. They had no big name celebrities giving concerts with two-minute “testimonies” at the end. They didn’t have massive popular numbers. They didn’t have PR firms shining their image. They didn’t have lines of clothing, entertainment, or holy hardware. They didn’t even own buildings. Their assemblies could mostly be contained in people’s houses. They didn’t control any institutions—religious, educational, or political. They didn’t have money, equipment, or rapid-transport vehicles....
Note: The results of the gospel then... and now?
What happened? What divides most Christians then from too many Christians now? Simple:           1.  The leaders preached Jesus from the Word of God, and continued to preach the Word. Modern evangelical pastors, too often, don’t.         2.  People became Christians for one reason only: They believed Jesus because they received the Word of God as the Word of God. Modern evangelicals, too often, don’t.         3.  Converts to Christ knew what they had been, what they had needed, and what God had done to rescue and transform them. They had a biblical worldview...
Note: In other words, the "Christians" followed the Christ
proves—too many people who regard themselves as Christians are utterly clueless about the most fundamental truths.
Note: #TWTG :
Christians dearly want to soar, but they keep crashing. These poor souls fell into teaching that promised quick fixes and jump starts to their spiritual lives. “Just follow our instructions” (they were told), “and you will soar to victory! Pray ____! Bind ____! Unleash ____! Receive ____! Claim ____!” So they followed the instructions. They prayed, bound, unleashed, received, claimed . . . and maybe they danced a little jig, to boot. Yet they kept crashing, and crashing, and crashing. Now they feel like giving up. Maybe they have given up. There is great, glorious news in the Word for...
Note: no silver bullet, just an old rugged cross...