I Will be 65 in a few months. Will also agree – the early church met with Much persecution. They scattered – and – they shared Jesus Christ Where ever they went. Without the persecution they Might have stayed put and only the Locals would have heard.
That’s My speculation.
Yes, we probably Could write a book about our lives that no one would believe. We’re all created to be unique people – so we all have our Own story to tell.
I’d like to refer Back to the John 6 passage – but comparing That with 1 Corinthians 11:20 - 29 or so. Referring to The Lord’s Supper / Communion. Guess it Could be called the Baptist’s perspective. Vs. 23 "For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; vs 24 And when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” vs 25 "In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” vs 26 “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”
vs 27 "Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord is an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
vs 28 "But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup,
vs 29 “Bot he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”
So - That is what ‘we’ base our Communion service on – In Remembrance of.
Also – about the Holy Spirit giving the saints the ability to hear our prayers and intercede for us when they are in heaven. That’s why you pray to Mary because she’s one of the saints in heaven. But what about 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. Who gave Himself a ransom for all…”
That Scripture tells us that Jesus Christ is the one Mediator because He was the Only One who died on the cross / shed His blood / His dead and bodily resurrection bridged the gap between us and God. No person did that. Only the Perfect Lamb of God / Jesus Christ Could do that. Because He was both man and God.