WE SHOULD MAKE IT A RULE TO AIM FOR THE LARGEST CENTER OF POPULATION
“This was Paul’s method. He seldom went to the village; he went to the city. He never sought the back street; he sought the well-known, centrally located synagogue. He struck for the market place where everybody congregated. Within a few days or hours at the most, he had everyone taking. He planted the gospel first of all in Ephesus, Corinth, Philippe, and Rome, all great world centers. And from these large cities the gospel was sounded out to all regions round about.”
Oswald J. Smith, The Challenge of Missions, page 134
Jesus outlined to Ananias the scope of Paul’s ministry at his conversion: “to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15). Kings are not usually found in villages. Paul was determined to return to Jerusalem in spite of persecution that he would face and the pleading of many who urged him not to go (Acts 21:10-14). While this is not a fixed “rule”, it is worth serious consideration if we desire to have the greatest impact possible.
OUR MISSIONARIES SHOULD NOT BE PASTORS OF NATIVE CHURCHES
We must not “localize” our work, but keep the vision of the “whole field”. The “whole world” must ever be kept in view. As soon as converts have been won and a church formed, elders should be appointed to act as overseers of the flock, and the missionary pass on, following the example of Paul, to unevangelized fields.
The Challenge of Missions, Oswald J. Smith, page 132
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