Acts 2:47 – praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Living in the west we have got used to hearing about the numerical decline of Christianity. We enjoy the ones and the twos who get baptised, but overall we don’t see huge numbers. In anything we are losing numbers. But this is not the only trajectory there is. In other parts of the world the experience is one of exponential growth, mirroring what we see here in the book of Acts. Which makes you wonder whether Pentecost was something of a revival; or is that three thousand people being added to the church in one go is normal? Hard to say. One thing is for sure: the word of God is powerful, and we must preach it in season and out of season, trusting that the Lord will build his church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the ones and the twos. But may we see a great multitude in our day – something like a Pentecost! Amen.