History of the Church
The Church of Christ began in Jerusalem in 33AD at 9am in the morning on the day of Pentecost. The Lord added 3,000 souls to His Church that day. The Apostles and the church members were making tremendous progress with the Gospel there.
However, the Apostles became complacent and lost focus of the Great Commission [Mark 16:15]: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature." They started focusing on getting everyone to come to Jerusalem and they were building a dynasty, but they were doing it their way and had deviated from God's Plan. God allowed a great persecution to infiltrate His Church. Then, they went everywhere preaching the pure, uncontaminated, inerrant word of God. (Only the Apostles remained together in Jerusalem).
For example, Philip went down to Samaria and preached the Gospel. Both men and women obeyed (Acts 8:12). Then, the angel of the Lord called Philip to go down to Gaza into Egypt (Acts 8:26-39). There he met an Ethiopian eunuch, from Africa. He was in charge of all of the treasury of Queen Candace of Ethiopia.
When Philip was called - he went out. And then he shared the pure, unadulterated, saving power of the Gospel to the Ethiopian eunuch, the Ethiopian eunuch obeyed! The Lord added him to His Church. He was saved, sanctified, and made holy through obeying the Gospel which is able to save souls. And he went back to Ethiopia, in Africa, to tell others!
The Bible Teaches in 3 Ways
· The Bible teaches by commandment. Jesus said in Mark 16:15 -16 "to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. And that he that believes and is baptized shall be saved." (1) Baptism is a commandment.
· The Bible teaches by example. We see the Ethiopian eunuch being baptized (Acts 8:38) and immersed in water for the remission of his sins. (2) This is an example of the commandment being demonstrated.
· The Bible teaches by necessary inference - Implication. (3) What is inferred here is that the Ethiopian eunuch was an honest and sincere seeker. When he learned the truth he obeyed immediately. He was in charge of Candace, Queen of Ethiopia's treasure - It was implied that he was honest. (You don't put dishonest people in charge of your treasures.)