Preceding the Multitudes


Acts 5:14 “And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)”

When you look at what happened after Jesus ascended to Heaven in the early church, it is no wonder that this church saw immediate growth. Just a few hundred people were praying in the upper room before the day of Pentecost, which resulted in multitudes being saved and added to the church. What type of people were these multitudes? They consisted of men and women, the sick, the unclean, and whoever would come and listen to the Gospel and respond. Before the multitudes started coming, there were several things that God pointed out that led to the multitudes coming. Let me share these characteristics with you.

First, there was much prayer made by the church. One of the great characteristics of the church was that they constantly prayed for God’s help. God will not bless a church or an individual who spends little time in prayer. Where there is much prayer, there will be much power. The more you get God involved in all you do through prayer, the more you will find God will work. Sadly, God sits on the bench in the heart of most churches and believers because they are trying to do everything with their abilities instead of going to God in prayer to ask for His help. You will never see the multitudes come without much prayer.

Second, the church had “great power.” It says about the church in Acts 4:33, “And with great power gave the apostles witness…” You will never be able to reach the heart of the multitudes without the power of God, but you cannot have the power of God without much prayer. Yes, the church needs to be aggressive about reaching the lost, but their efforts will have little results without the power of God. It still takes the power of God for the great works of God to be done. You can try doing God’s work in your own power and fail, or you can take time in much prayer to get God’s power to rest upon you and see the multitudes come to Christ.

Third, the church had “great grace.” Verse 33 continues, “…and great grace was upon them all.” Why did they need “great grace?” They needed it because of the persecution and opposition that was against them. If you are not careful, you will become a bitter or angry person because of the hurts that happen in the ministry; you need the grace of God for your spirit so that you can keep a good attitude despite the hurts that happen to you. You are going to be hurt and persecuted as you serve the Lord, and that is the reason you need great grace upon you. Your daily prayer should be that God gives you great grace for your spirit so that you can keep a great spirit as you serve Him.

Fourth, the church had “great fear.” Acts 5:11 says, “And great fear came upon all the church…” A great fear of God caused believers to live a holy life. Sin is easily permitted in the life that loses the fear of God. A fear of God causes you to realize that God still punishes His children when they sin. The best way to live a holy life is to have a great fear of God and what His power can do to you if you don’t obey Him.

Fifth, the church had great unity. Acts 5:12 says, “…and they were all with one accord…” It is easier to reach the multitudes when the church is working together as one. You will never have great unity in the local church without everyone laying aside their preferences for the sake of reaching the lost for Christ.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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