THE LIFE OR ACTIVITIES OF THE EARLY CHURCH

THE LIFE OR ACTIVITIES OF THE EARLY CHURCH
  • The early Christians carried out missionary journeys to different places e.g. Paul carried out three major journeys to Cyprus, Corinth and Ephesus.




  • They endured suffering and persecution for the sake of the gospel e.g. Stephen was stoned to death for preaching the gospel message.
  • They carried out baptism of new converts as a way of initiating them into Christianity e.g. Peter baptized about 3000 converts, Phillip baptized the Ethiopian eunuch (a figure in the NT Read ACTS 8)
  • They established churches where the gospel was preached in both Jewish and Gentile places e.g. Paul established the church in Corinth, Galatia and Rome.
  • They wrote gospels and letters that acted as references while preaching the gospel e.g. the gospel of Mark, Mathew, Luke and John.
  • They carried out pilgrimages to holy places e.g. Jerusalem the centre of Christianity and Bethlehem where Jesus was born.




  • They performed miracles in Jesus’ name which led to the spread of the gospel e.g. Peter and John healed a lame man at the gate of the Jerusalem Temple and Paul healed a lame man in Lystra[MD1]  (present day Turkey)
  • They exercised spiritual gifts like speaking in tongues and prophesy e.g. on the day of Pentecost, the apostles who were gathered in a special room started speaking in tongues. Read ACTS 2
  • They gave inspiring testimonies which increased the spread of the gospel e.g. Paul testified that he met the risen Lord Jesus Christ on his way to Damascus which proved Jesus’ resurrection. Read ACTS 9:1-9, ACTS 22:6-11, ACTS 26:9-20
  • They promoted good morals through exemplary life which enabled the spread of the gospel all over the world e.g. extending love to their enemies.
  • They carried out catechism which involved giving oral instructions to the newly converted Christians.
  • They settled disputes between and among conflicting believers thus ensuring unity and harmony in the church.
  • They answered difficult questions through theological debates e.g. the Jerusalem council resolved that the Gentiles were free to be circumcised or not.
  • The apostles preached the gospel orally from person to person and from door to door hence conversion of many people to Christianity.
  • They carried out Lord’s Supper celebrations that involved breaking the bread in memory of Jesus’ death and resurrection. At times, this was done in form of agape meals. (love feasts)
  • They worshipped and praised God through hymns and songs in the Jerusalem temple and the synagogues thus leading to the spread of the gospel.




  • They were actively involved in praying and fasting to overcome the challenging situation hence leading to the spread of the gospel.
  • They confessed and repented their sins as a way of living a changed life acceptable by God before the second coming of Jesus
  • They confirmed new believers in the Christian faith by laying hands on them to receive the Holy Spirit and God’s blessings e.g. Peter and John laid hands on the Samaritans whom they had baptized.
  • They visited, prayed for and anointed the sick with olive oil which gave hope and encouragement to early believers.
  • They lived a life of meditation reflecting upon the word of God in relation to their conduct.
  • They carried out charitable works that involved helping the needy hence the fast spread of the gospel in the early church.
  • They appointed new leaders e.g. the seven deacons who would help the apostles in distributing items to the poor.




  • They carried out fellowships which were usually organized in people’s homes as a way of encouraging one another.
  • They read and interpreted the Old Testament scriptures relating them to Jesus’ life and ministry.

1 thought on “THE LIFE OR ACTIVITIES OF THE EARLY CHURCH”

  1. Pingback: IMPACTS / EFFECTS / INFLUENCE OF THE MESSAGE OF THE KERYGMA ON THE LIVES OF THE EARLY BELIEVERS

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: