The Roman empire was at peace. The power of love drove people to become part of Christianity. Roman empires were becoming unhappy with the growth of Christianity so they started persecuting Christians. Constantine the emperor of the west had a vision before a battle which made him support Christianity for the rest of hid life.
The Church's Growth in Jerusalem
The first story of the holy spirit stirring the expansion of the church is the story of Pentecost
The Church's expansion beyond Jerusalem to Israel and Palestine
Philip was a major role in the expansion of the church. Saul experienced a vision of Jesus telling him to become part of the church which he did. Saul changed his name to Paul and went on three journeys proclaiming the word of God.
Paul's First journey
46 AD - 49 AD
Paul's first journey was through Cyprus, Turkey and Syria.
Paul's second Journey
49 AD - 53 AD
Paul's second journey was to Syria, Turkey and Greece
Paul's third journey
53 AD - 58 AD
Paul's third journey was through Antioch, Galatia, Phrygia, Ephesus and Macedonia
Roman emperors became unhappy with the growth of christianity and began persecuting christians
Growth of the Church during the period of 'Christendom'
The Roman Empire fell because the western half came under pressure. Clovis a frank leader defeated the ruler of northern Gaul.Pope St Gregory sent out monks to establish ministries. Charlemagne a frank king who conquered present day in Austria and Hungary. Christendom was considered the religion of Russia and Ukraine.
The Church's Growth beyond Europe
1848 - 1914
The holy spirit guided christ's followers to carry the good news beyond Europe to new communities in Africa, The United States, Asia, Japan, China and Australia.