by Vance Havner
1. The early church grew by addition (Acts 2:41, 47; 5:14; 11:21, 24)
2. By subtraction, as in the death of Ananias and Sapphira
3. By multiplication (Acts 6:7; 9:31)
4. By division, for people had to take sides for or against as our Lord had declared (Luke 12:49-53) adn the result in the long run was gain, not loss.