As I have noted before on this blog, there is a “both/and” factor that must be part of effective missions. The spontaneous expansion of the gospel and the church in the Book of Acts was clearly Jesus method as predicted in Acts 1:8b; “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and (in union with or along with) all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” In other words, the missionary push to the ends of the earth cannot be apart from God working in Jerusalem.
This effective principle is seen again in chapter 9 where in the Jerusalem church, Saul “preached boldly in the name of Jesus” (9:28). This resulted in the “brothers…bringing him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus” (9:30). The Holy Spirit is working through the church to ‘stage’ Saul for joining Barnabas again for the next push into the mission’s frontier. Also note that while being moved on to his next assignment, “the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied” (9:31)! Effective missions cannot take place unless both activities are taking place. We must be building up the existing church if sending and positioning God’s messengers in “Going” is to be effective.
How is this working out in your church? Are you doing both?
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