I am doing a Bible study right now about the life of Paul. Basically what happened was there was a large group of believers after Jesus' death and resurrection. They were filled with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, and they went out boldly sharing the gospel with everyone.
Then what happened was there was a big persecution and followers of "The Way" were beaten, imprisoned, arrested, and killed. The believers began to leave Jerusalem to escape the persectution and as they spread out into Judea and Samaria they continued to spread the gospel and they started churches everywhere. God added daily to the number of people getting saved.
Paul who used to persecute the church, was converted and he travelled everywhere ministering to the churches and writing letters. As persecution worsened, more and more people believed in Jesus as Messiah. They were willing to die for this.
You might like studying the book of Acts; I do!!!
at 5:59 PM on Oct. 2, 2009