Attract and Retain

Therefore those who had been scattered (from persecution,v3) went about preaching the word. Acts8:4.

Christianity struggles to “attract and retain” people.

But the early church(ekklesia) (in the first 3oo years or so) did not “struggle to attract and retain” anyone. They did not try to “attract and hold the attention” of anyone. They weren’t “trying to outdo one another to bring adherents into individual church doors”. They were not desperately trying to “connect people to a local faith community.” They did not participate in “free market competition” for members. Why? Because that is not what Jesus told His followers to do!

Many assume that to “abandon The Church” (institution) is synonymous to “leaving the faith”, meaning faith in Jesus Christ.
That belief, that these two things are synonymous, is a Roman Catholic belief. In the Roman Catholic Church, The Church IS the faith,
In the Roman Catholic Church, The Church IS salvation.

The believers (“followers of The Way”, which is JESUS), by the leading of the Holy Spirit, were going from place to place, sharing the gospel with friends, neighbors and people in distant towns and faraway lands.

They were loudly open air PREACHING or they were quietly TELLING people one-on-one ABOUT JESUS. As people became
followers of Jesus, they were automatically make a part of their “local faith community”; which is the actual believers in their area.

They did not have gorgeous Cathedrals or comfortable MegaChurches. They didn’t even have a rented storefront with metal folding chairs. They had the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, and not much else.

Therefore those who had been scattered (from persecution,v3) went about preaching the word. Acts8:4.

διῆλθον passed through,

εὐαγγελιζόμενοι proclaiming the gospel

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/young-adults-are-abandoning-churches-in-record-numbers-is-this-the-solution/

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