Let me take you back a few days to EFFECTIVE MISSIONS (28) where we saw PAUL’S EXAMPLE in finding a disciple named Timothy who had a good testimony where he lived and in the surrounding area. Paul took this young man with him for the specific purpose of training him in the ministry. We can measure the effectiveness of this method by the results. Luke tells us what happened.
“So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily” (Acts 16:5). While we plant, water and God give the increase, how we plant and water are critically important if we are going to see Jesus “build His church” through our mission work. We cannot afford to just focus on evangelism without strengthening the faith of converts. If they are “strengthened in the faith,” we can be assured they will share their faith in the gospel with others who need to hear and believe. God will do the adding and multiplying of numbers.
RECAP: Discipling faithful leaders who will teach others also leads to the building up and expansion of the church.
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