Thursday, September 24, 2015

Who Are You Equipping and Sending?

“This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.”  Acts 19:10 NIV

Paul's work in Ephesus and the fruit that resulted is more than impressive--It's miraculous.

After preaching in the synagogue in Ephesus for 3 months, opponents made it clear to Paul that he was no longer welcome there. So he moved his ministry of preaching, teaching and prayer to Tyrannus' lecture hall for the next 2 years. 

From there Paul seems to have changed his previous strategy from going out on mission city to city to equipping and then sending other disciples out on his behalf. 

Paul setup a training center. I'm not saying that he didn't go out himself. However, unlike his previous missionary journeys, Paul seems to have figured out the power of sending out disciples who make disciples who make disciples. 

And they did. 

This verses reports, "This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord."

That's miraculous.

To be clear, we're not talking about the continent of Asia but the province. Probably modern day Turkey. 

Still, for a whole province to hear and have a chance to respond to the gospel in 2 years is amazing. God's power + a system/strategy of equipping and sending out others resulted in many becoming new disciples of Christ. 

What about us? Is this how we "do church?"

Paul may have equipped these folks but he didn't do it alone. He didn't run a fully funded mission organization either (though he did run/lead a strong one). He equipped and sent out men who in turn sent out their family, friends and others they trained up to go out and make disciples. It became a Jesus movement that led to my life thousands of years later being changed forever. 

Now I get to make disciples who make disciples!

Do we realize the privilege and responsibility we have before us today? Are we rearranging our life around this mission of making disciples who make disciples? If not, why not? 

There's nothing more important in this life than that. It's why we're still here and not on our way home already. It's the mission of God we've been invited to join.

What is God saying to you?
What are you going to do about it?