One of the greatest joys we have in this ministry is watching faithful “Timothys” disciple other “Timothys” so they will be able and confident in teaching others also (2 Timothy 2:2). Paul had men like this that he left in certain places (Corinth and Crete for example) because he had invested in these men and released them into the Lord’s work.
This model we find in Paul’s ministry was very effective and enabled him to cover more ground in ten years, plant more churches in that same period of time, and spread the gospel from Antioch to Rome. Over those three missionary journeys and a final trip to Rome, he covered 11,081 miles, and that was with none of the modern conveniences we have today. There is certainly no reason why we should not follow his example – it was biblical!
I have included a picture in this blog of a group of disciples in S. E. Asia who have just finished their training in God’s Plan for His Disciples and God’s Plan for His Church. They are strategically located near people groups that have never heard the gospel. We are confident God will use them to “GO” and effectively use what they have learned to train others. We are praying for the Holy Spirit to empower them with the authority of Scripture.
This should be the path of every believer. If we take seriously the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 and similar references, we should want to follow the most effective method that is biblical and accomplish the work as quickly as possible.
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