“It is possible to evangelise the world in this generation—in view of the achievements of the Christians of the first generation. They did more to accomplish the evangelisation of the world than any succeeding generation. The persecutions of the first and second centuries attest how vigorously the faith of Christ must have been propagated by the first disciples. These achievements seem very remarkable in the light of the fact that at the time of the ascension of Christ the whole number of believers did not exceed a few hundreds.
In studying the secret of what they accomplished, one is led to the conclusion that they employed no vitally important method which cannot be used to-day, and that they availed themselves of no power which we also cannot utilise.… Think of the remarkable resources the Church of this generation possesses.
There are not less than 135 million members of Protestant Churches. Contrast these with the few thousands constituting the small, unacknowledged, despised sect which on the day of Pentecost began the evangelisation of the then known world.
As we recall the achievements of that infant Church, can we question the ability of the Christians of our day, were they unitedly resolved to accomplish it, so to distribute within the present generation the gospel messengers and agencies that all mankind might have an opportunity to know Christ the Saviour and Lord?”
Andrew Murray, The Key to the Missionary Problem (London: J. Nisbet & Co., 1902), 116–117.