Often in our encounters with other leaders, churches and church planters, we sense a resistance to presenting the biblical model of church planting and reaching the last unreached people group. We are not the only ones who experience this strange reaction.
J. D. Payne made a similar observation in his book, Apostolic Church Planting, Birthing New Churches from New Believers, (page 13-14); “when the Church is shocked at a biblical model, it reveals just how far away from the Scriptures we have moved in our missionary practices.” Why is this so today? What is at the bottom of these reactions?
In one sense, there are many reasons behind the lack of progress in reaching the unengaged and unreached people groups, but there is one major hindrance. We do not really believe in the authority and sufficiency of God’s Word. If we did, we would strive with passion to get back to its truth and put it into practice. We have been told that those ancient methods are out-of-date and can’t be used today. If we really believed in the authority of Scripture, all of our excuses would become vile to us, we would repent with deep contrition for straying from the biblical model.
The question would be, ‘how can we return to the Scriptural model,’ and ‘how quickly can we implement that model.’ Come with us as we call the Church back to a divine pattern.
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