How the apostles planted churches

Just four simple steps

  1. Go to a city
  2. Go to a synagogue there
  3. Preach the gospel
  4. Rinse and repeat in a new city

Here’s the message

  1. Jesus is the Son of God (Acts 9:20)
  2. The Word of God (Acts 13:5)
  3. The Lord is gracious (Acts 14:3)
  4. The Bible shows it was necessary for Jesus, the Christ, to suffer and rise from the dead (Acts 17:3)
  5. The Word of God proclaimed from the Scriptures (Acts 17:13)
  6. Jesus and the resurrection (Acts 17:18)
  7. The Christ is Jesus (Acts 18:5)
  8. The Kingdom of God (Acts 19:8)

Here are the references

  • Acts 5:30 – The apostles in Jerusalem
  • Acts 9:20 – Paul in Damascus
  • Acts 13:5 – Barnabas and Paul in Salamis in Cyprus
  • Acts 14:1 – Barnabas and Paul in Iconium
  • Acts 17:2-4 – Paul in Thessalonica
  • Acts 17:10-13 – Paul and Silas in Berea
  • Acts 17:16 – Paul in Athens
  • Acts 18:1-6 – Paul in Corinth
  • Acts 18:18-19 – Paul in Antioch
  • Acts 19:8 – Paul in Ephesus

Doesn’t seem all that complicated, does it? Not what’s not there

  • Any mention of Entrepreneurial abilities
  • Gathering a core group
  • Fundraising
  • A detailed mission and vision plan
  • A scheduled launch date

Also note what is there

  • Preaching the Word
  • Going in teams
  • Going to where people are already inclined to religion / spirituality

What would the Biblical model of church planting look like today? More thoughts to come