As we often do, Tim and I sat together with a cup of coffee to discuss many details about New Foundations International. Our conversation started on how we can be more effective in this ministry. This is not a new subject for us. We have often spoken about the number of unengaged and unreached people groups that still remain around the world. This drives us to asking the Lord to make this ministry more and more effective.
In every one of these discussions, we always come back to methods of the Apostle Paul, the most successful disciple-maker and church planter throughout church history. Though Paul spent three years in Ephesus and a similar time in Corinth, most of his visits in places where churches were established were only 3 to 5 months. How could he be so effective with these short stays?
Paul had a very clear pattern that he used in each place (see example in Acts 14:21-23).
This is very simple, but it was God’s way of spreading the gospel westward from Jerusalem to Rome, and ultimately to you and me. If we want to finish the Great Commission, we must return to this biblical model.
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