In this next section of Acts 15:36 to 16:5, we see two cardinal principles that clearly impact the growth of the church and its leadership. The gospel of God’s grace proved itself to be true for any people group and any culture. But there was another vital step in establishing the church on the firm foundation of faith in Christ and making sure it perpetuated godly leadership. Let’s look at these two key principles.
Acts 15:36-41 – “Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in _______ city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Though there was a disagreement between Barnabas and Paul regarding John Mark, “Paul chose Silas and departed, having been ___________ by the brothers to the grace of the Lord...[Paul] strengthened the churches.”
Acts 16:1-5 – Paul found a disciple named Timothy who “was well spoken of by the brothers…Paul wanted Timothy to __________ him.” Through modeling disciple-making as Paul went from city to city, “the churches were ___________ in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.”
Notice that in both models, returning to visit believers in every city and in mentoring a young disciple, the churches are strengthened and there is increase in numbers daily. When churches are planted, it is vital that church planters establish the new work, mentor and equip leadership that can sustain growth and expand further into unreached territory.
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