As we continue to look at the ministry of apostles both in the early days of the Church and today we see that apostolic ministry touches multitudes. The Bible states: And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women. Acts 5:14
The result of signs and wonders (see yesterday’s blog) is that MULTITUDES of believers are added to the Lord. Throughout the book of Acts, we see reference to the multitudes. We see words such as believers MULTIPLIED or believers ADDED to the Church. Apostolic ministry is a key to church growth. It is a key to touching the multitudes of people who do not yet know the Lord. Apostles have the grace, power and authority to touch multitudes.
MULTITUDES gathered from the towns around Jerusalem,… Acts 5:16
But when the Jews saw the MULTITUDES (crowds)…Acts 13:45
And the MULTITUDE of them that believed,…Acts 4:32
…called the MULTITUDE of the disciples unto,…Acts 6:2
…that a GREAT MULTITUDE both of the Jews…Acts 14:1
To reach the multitudes or large crowds the apostle needs to believe that he can and that the Holy Spirit will confirm his words with signs and wonders. He must walk in faith and understand that the call upon his life and the anointing that he walks in is to draw crowds so that many come to know the Lord personally and are added to the Church.