Today’s verse simply states that they had “favor with all the people” that is the community. Also, note that “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
Because of their faithfulness, fellowship, financial involvement and commitment to the fundamentals, the Bible teaches us in verse 47 that this led to FOLLOWERS. With an effective evangelistic outreach, every day people were being saved and becoming part of the church.
What believer wouldn’t want to be a part of a church that teaches the fundamentals, practices biblical fellowship, has a testimony of faithfulness, has a church membership that understands the necessity of finances, and has a large group of followers desiring to make a difference in our community? No wonder God was adding to them daily! No wonder they grew so quickly!
What kind of testimony did this church have in the community? What kind of things were they saying about their church? Did they say, “Our church is pretty good, but Pastor Peter preaches too long?” Did they say, “I like my church, but the Apostles try to run everything?” Did they say, “Sure, we’re growing, but they always ask for money?” Did they say, “We have a good church, but I don’t like all the music we use?”
They didn’t say any of those things. How do I know? Look again at verse 47; they were “having favor with all the people.” “All the people” refers to their community.