We here in the United Kingdom might be tempted to believe that we have it much harder than those Christians who came before us. Sure, we think, the gospel once flourished, but it did so because things were much easier back than. People were ready to believe. Not so, the church of the first century lived in a much more hostile environment than we do. They sometimes faced persecution and death for their faith, but beyond that most people naturally thought their faith ridiculous and backwards. Yet God’s Spirit was able to turn that world upside down and as we look at this sermon series we realise that God is able to turn our world likewise upside down too. If we will stay true to the gospel and walk in step with the Spirit just as they did, we will see renewal and fruit as well in our day.