As a follow-up to yesterday’s blog on Acts 14:19-23, there are a couple of additional points worth noting about the church in Lystra and Iconium. Not only were the new believers Gentiles, but the elders appointed in verse 23 were from their own number. The qualities and qualifications of the elders quickly emerged as Barnabas and Paul “strengthened the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith” (see also 1 Timothy 3:1-7).
Notice also that Barnabas and Paul did not stay behind as the “pastor or overseer” of this newly planted church. Leadership was truly “native or indigenous”. This is further evidence that the Apostles trusted God’s work in these new believers and the active work of the Holy Spirit in them.
Do our present-day church planting efforts follow this model? Why have we lost trust in the biblical model and followed other ideas for church planting?
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