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Published on Jul 12, 2014
SEVEN STRATEGIES, FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS, TO SATURATE A SOCIETY WITH THE WORD OF GOD
The New Testament Book of the 'Acts of the Apostles,' demonstrates the normal development of disciple-making, within church-planting movements, starting with additive growth, then moving through multiplication of disciples, before advancing into multiplication of churches.
At the start of a church-planting movement, it is apostles that winn the first new believers, who immediately become a new church. "Those who had received his word were baptized; and there were added, that day, about three thousand souls." Acts 2:42
Straight away, wise apostles train new believers to tell the Good News of Jesus to others. "And the Lord was adding to their number, day by day, those who were being saved." 2:47
Leaders remove all hindrances to the Good News flowing to unbelievers. "All the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number." 5:14
Leaders train all obedient disciples in how to multiply, by teaching others to obey Jesus' commandments. "Now at this time ... the disciples were multiplying." 6:1
Church leaders employ the Scripture to empower believers to obey Jesus and help others to do the same. "The word of God kept on increasing; and the number of the disciples continued to multiply in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith." 6:7
Church leaders train up generations of new leaders, on the job, who start and lead new churches. "So the church throughout all Judeeah and Galilee and Sameiria enjoyed peace, being built up; and, going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to multiply." 9:31
A movement that continually multiplies believers, disciples, leaders and churches, remains the most effective way in which to saturate a society with the Word of God. "So the word of the Lord was increasing mightily and prevailing." 12:24