Consider that in just a little over ten years, Paul established the church in four provinces: Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia. Prior to AD 47 there were no churches in these provinces, but by AD 57 Paul spoke of his work there as being completed according to Romans 15:19-20.
Apostles today may have gained a greater number of converts than Paul, but, unfortunately few have established growing churches like Paul did. Many apostles and church planters have traveled from place to place without any biblical plan or strategy. For the most part, modern day apostles have neither understood nor practiced Paul’s method of church planting and establishing.
But, some might say, “Things were different in Paul’s day.” Then one must ask the question, “Did Paul’s situation contribute to his success?” Objectively, one must admit that Paul’s converts were born and raised in similar social environments as we see in the world today. In Paul’s day, human sacrifice was common and belief in witchcraft and demons was universal. It was the immutable Spirit of Christ that enabled the apostles to banish these demons from hearts. Deliverance came not by denial, but by conquest through preaching the supremacy of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit! So, it is impossible to argue objectively that Paul’s environment had any advantage or disadvantage over our world today; if anything, it was a disadvantage based on our methodology today. Study the map below and ask, ‘Why is this not happening today’?
Paul’s Missionary Journeys:
· First: 2544 Kilometers, 1581 Miles
· Second: 4908 Kilometers, 3050 Miles
· Third: 5308 Kilometers, 3350 Miles
· Jerusalem to Rome: 5000 Kilometers, 3100 Miles
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