A.D. 33 to 100 – The Beginnings of the Early Christian Church
10 days after Jesus ascended to heaven, he sends the Holy Spirit into the world. On that day (Pentecost), Jesus’ disciples begin to preach, starting in Jerusalem. Many people in Israel and the surrounding regions believe. When the local governments persecute these “Christians,” they flee to other countries, preaching the gospel wherever they go. At the same time, God enlists a man named Paul to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. As a result, the church grows rapidly. By the end of the 1st century, Christianity has spread through southern Europe and northern Africa, as well as to India in the east and to Spain in the west.