VILLAGE EVANGELISM

Lecture Five

Church planting

            The converts have built the church, the roof is on, they have heard and experienced the basics of the Gospel; now comes the next phase which is to make disciples and become an established church.

The evangelist now has a new job to do

  • He has to teach the new believers the foundations of our faith
  • He has to teach the new believers how to pray
  • He has to raise up leaders within the church and train them in leadership
  • He needs to get everyone involved in choirs, tasks, prayer etc
  • He needs to teach the children and train leaders to take over
  • He can also introduce the Bible School to the leaders and help them through the training
  • He can then encourage the new believers through getting them all baptised in the Holy Spirit to start preaching and praying for the sick

The evangelist will then work his way out of the job in order to do the same again in other villages he has led to the Lord and is planting churches in.

  • After a few months to a year, the leader in the church will have been trained and ordained as pastor of that church with possibly a co-pastor and other leaders within the church already raised up.
  • The evangelist will now only visit the church every 3 to 6 months or on special occasions
  • The evangelist will also encourage the pastor and leaders of that church to also witness to other villages and plant churches also.

 

Each evangelist can plant up to 3 churches at one time and each church will take from 6-12 months to get established and for leaders from within the village to get trained up to take on the running of the new church.

The evangelist will need to keep in contact with all the churches he plants in order to sort out any problems that may arise and to encourage the new pastors.

The evangelist needs to stay on fire for God with the following

  • Faith in God’s promises.  Romans 15:13:  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  The depth of faith that we have will be expressed in the amount of joy that we have and the joy of the Lord will be our strength.
  • Motivating love for God.  Acts 20:24:However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.  Paul’s attitude towards all he had to bear for Jesus was out of God’s love within him for perfect love casts out all fear.
  • Comparison  Revelation 20:11-15 is about the Great White Throne Judgement.  We need to understand and persuade men to repent of their sins by getting to know them, and by living out our Christian lives as God wants us to.  1 Corinthians 2:1-5 speaks of weakness, fear and much trembling, with no excellence of speech, but you in God and God in you which puts fire in your bones and enables us to become His ministers, flames of fire.

 

For you to think about

  • What should one consider when planting a new church?
  • Why should an evangelist work his way out of a job?
  • How many churches can an evangelist plant at one time?
  • How does the evangelist stay on fire for God?

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