I couldn’t help noticing this as I was reading through Acts recently:
Acts 4:4 But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.
Many people like to attach a size to what they consider to be a biblical church. ‘A biblical church is a house church’. ‘Once your church gets over about 200 it’s no longer following the biblical model’. What we see in the Bible, though, is all sorts of different size churches, from house churches to mega churches. And which came first? The mega church. In the first four chapters of Acts we see the church grow to 3,000 people and then on again in chapter 4 to over 5,000 (Luke records 5,ooo men – if he’s only counting men then we could more than double this figure). Who knows what this meant for their meetings and organisation? Despite whatever faults or flaws we may see in mega churches, their are biblical in proportion. Wouldn’t it be great if many more of our churches grew to that size!