“The same truth that we apply to individuals applies to churches. Spontaneous expansion begins with individual expression and it should become part of the corporate church expression. If the corporate expression is controlled humanly, there is again a danger of disorder. To deny native leadership and self-government will seem at the moment to be a great help in achieving order, and for the moment it does. In actuality, it represses the instinct for self-propagation and mars the fullness of life as Christ designed it.”
What would have happened if Barnabas and Paul had insisted that Antioch (Pisidia), Iconium, Lystra, and Derby be governed from Jerusalem? It would have stifled the spontaneous expansion of God’s work in its movement westward. The gospel would not have reached Rome from Jerusalem in twenty-five years. Instead, they established elders (leaders) in each city from the converts they discipled in only four to five months (Acts 14). If we were to adopt this biblical method today, the speed of evangelism and church planting would accelerate and the task of preaching the gospel to all people groups (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20) would quickly be finished. Then the Lord will come for His Bride, the church!
Roland Allen, Edited by Sherman Driver
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