When Jesus’ followers were first called Christians, it wasn’t a nice name chosen by a marketing team to promote the brand. It was a derogatory nickname that stuck; one the persecuted followers of Jesus were happy to identify with. Christian mission really took off in the pagan multicultural city that gave Christianity the name we use today. From small beginnings it grew from a sect within Judaism, to become the state religion of the Roman Empire. But it almost didn’t happen when it stumbled at the first real hurdle.
At first it seemed as if Jesus’ disciples had forgotten his command to go to all nations with the good news of the gospel. Global mission was kickstarted when Peter received a strange vision, the followers of Jesus were persecuted and had to flee to safety; and a mission team was sent from the third largest city in the Roman world.
In this series we look at how Christianity first began to spread and was recognised as good news for everyone.
In this sermon series we look at the book of Acts and see how the church spread rapidly across the Greco-Roman world; and learn what this might mean for people living today in multicultural Auckland.