The First Christians Documentary

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1 Stephanie C = "Christians went to the corner of the towns of Corinth and Rome.Then took infants that was abandoned on the street corners. They also married In Roman City Ceremonies."
2 Sarah R = "Christianity at first was considered a Jewish sect. The earliest Christians were Jewish converts who believed that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises of a Messiah to come. This is why there were many confusions in the early church as to whether or not Gentile, non-Jewish, converts to Christianity had to comply with Jewish law and customs. We see this conversation revisited various times in the book of Acts and the letters to the churches.To call it a "cult" (definition by Webster: "a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister") may be a little harsh, though it is likely that the early Jews who were against this growing sect may have seen it as such."
3 Sarah R = "To say that Paul was the only preacher is a little misleading. The Gospel was spread initially by Jesus' disciples, who had traveled with Him and learned from Him during His earthly ministry (see Acts chapters 1-12). The leaders of the early church were Jesus' disciples Peter and John, but also prominently mentioned in the first part of Acts are Stephen, Silas, Philip, James, and others. The disciples had disciples that they had mentored and taught who were growing the church and who were church leaders, many of whom are mentioned in the letters to the churches later by Paul, Peter, James and John. Paul did have a huge impact on the growth of the church as he took on the task of spreading the good news to the Gentiles, or non-Jews. But this was a task that was started by Peter. Paul was a great missionary of his time, but hardly the only one."
4 Cary W = "Be aware, dear believer, that at any time He may appear, give you His light, a glimpse of His glory and purity, and reveal to you in person your next mission."
5 Sarah R = ""The story of the evangelization of Ephesus does not begin in chapter 19, or even in chapter 18 of the Book of Acts. It started with the ministry of John the Baptist, whose teaching had produced a number of “converts,” men and women who looked for the Messiah, promised by the Old Testament prophets, who was His forerunner. Apollos (Acts 18:24-28) and the “12 disciples” (Acts 19:1-7) were among those who believed in the Savior to come, and who must have spoken to others of their (Old Testament) faith."Paul came to Asia on his second missionary journey (so called), but the Holy Spirit forbade them from proclaiming the gospel (Acts 16:6). Paul finally came to Ephesus, but he was intent on reaching Syria (Acts 18:18-21), and so he spent only a short time there. He did, however, leave Priscilla and Aquila behind (18:19), and they must have played a significant part in “plowing the soil” in preparation for Paul’s lengthy stay as recorded in [Acts 19]. "- Read the full article at https://bible.org/seriespage/30-evangelization-ephesus-acts-198-41"
6 Cary W = "Wow, talk about conviction of mission.  Paul begins his quest to share Jesus at the most populous, perilous, and idolatrous places he can find.  The power of the Spirit is mighty in us!"
7 Cary W = "The very thing that Rome had made to make itself powerful... a masterful transportation system, was the very thing that gave Paul the opportunity to share Christ, and ultimately bring the Roman downfall."
8 Sarah R = "Christianity tends to flourish under persecution. But this was not "Paul's religion" that was left behind - but rather the development and fulfillment of the Jewish faith, as seen in God's own Son, Jesus, that brings salvation to the world.Acts 5:33-39 "33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35 Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”"