I am sitting at my desk looking at a map of Paul’s mission journeys. In those ten to eleven years before ending up in a Roman prison and traveling over 11,000 miles, his mission took him to major cities of Asia Minor.
Oswald Smith observes, “Paul’s method was that he seldom went to villages; he went to the cities. He never sought the back street; he sought the well-known, centrally located synagogue. He headed for the market place where everyone congregated. Within a few days or hours at the most, he had everyone talking. He planted the gospel (and churches) first of all in Ephesus, Corinth, Philippi, and Rome, all great centers of commerce and culture. From these large cities, the gospel was sounded out to all regions” around these cities by the new indigenous converts. (1)
This method is not commanded in Scripture, but as we observe the effectiveness of Paul’s ministry, it makes ‘evangelism sense’ to follow his example. The primary example of this is Thessalonica. The new converts in this major city “became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. For not only has the Word of the Lord sounded forth from you…but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere” (1 Thessalonians 1:7-8). That is missionary multiplication!
The verification of this method is in our own ministry. If you are interested, we would enjoy sharing with you what God is currently doing. Will you look closely at the models in Scripture and implement them in your ministry? REMEMBER, God’s ways are not ours, because they are better!
(1) Oswald J. Smith, The Challenge of Missions, page 134.
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