For several centuries, mission boards and organizations have tried, with varying degree of success to plan, strategize, partner with other organizations, plead for money, and use the latest technology. In themselves, none of these things are wrong. The question that I am posing here is: if we are going to fulfill the mandate of Matthew 24:14 and 28:19-20, what is going to be the most effective method of fulfilling our charge?
I see the church today facing a major dysfunction in accomplishing Jesus’ command. Every mission board and denomination thinks their method is the best since the Early Church. For just a moment, let’s compare what happened right after the day of Pentecost. The gospel went from Jerusalem to Rome in about 25 years covering 3,100 miles. If you take Paul’s three missionary journeys together over about 11 years, he covered 17,987 miles WITHOUT a motorbike, car, bus, train, power boat or airplanes. He planted churches, returned to strengthen them, equipped them with elder leaders, and from them there were movements of God. How is this possible?
After asking this question in Africa, a brother answered, “We don’t have the Holy Spirit like they did.” We have taught ourselves to rely on our own ingenuity rather than the Holy Spirit. I invite you and anyone who is interested in finishing the task Jesus left us, to take seriously our study of the Book of Acts and Paul’s letters. You will see for yourself what will produce a movement of God that will complete our task for the glory of God.
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