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“Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word.” (Acts 8:4) Have you ever thought how glorious it would feel to be part of the early church after their Day of Pentecost experience? Imagine the joy! The fellowship! The miracles! The persecution! Oops. Persecution? That’s not exactly what we had in mind when we said we wanted to be just like the early church. The church was born in opposition. Even as the numbers of believers quickly increased, the religious leaders of that day worked to suppress the rapid growth of this new heresy (as they would no…

“And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name” (Acts 5:41). The early church enjoyed a glorious beginning on the Day of Pentecost, and thousands were filled with God’s Spirit. The early church faced great difficulties and was immediately persecuted for its beliefs. The two above statements don’t contradict each other; both are correct. The believers experienced a glorious time as the Spirit fell upon those in the upper room. Before the day was over, three thousand were filled with the Spirit and baptized (Acts 2:41). Yet, persecution…