Live It! a Letter to a Missional Movement
Teaching Series: May - July 2012
Paul was an amazing Christian leader, church planter and discipler. The second half of The Book of Acts tells his story and several of the books in the New Testament were written by him. In his early years he travelled extensively planting churches in new places where the gospel had not been preached. Staying for just a short time he would quickly move on. These churches though never really became self-sustaining or reproducing and remained very dependent upon him. In response we see Paul changing his strategy. In fact he adopts a strategy closer to Jesus’s own. Instead of rushing around planting new churches, when Paul got to Ephesus he stayed there for two years (that’s a long time for a man who travelled 1500 miles in his first trip!). While he was there he focused on discipling a relatively small group of disciples (Acts 19:10). Something extraordinary happened. As Paul poured his life into them, these disciples became disciple makers themselves. That’s what a disciple does. The result? The gospel spread quicker and faster than ever before. In fact, it went viral and the whole region heard the message (Acts 19:10) and new communities of faith started. The church in Ephesus had become a catalyst for a missional movement.
Sunday 13th May