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The Pauline Cycle of Church Planting--adapted from David J. Hesselgrave

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Matt Cook

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Transcript of The Pauline Cycle of Church Planting--adapted from David J. Hesselgrave

The Missionaries Commissioned
Acts 13:1-4
It is the responsibility of existing churches to plant new ones by sending missionaries.
Prepare them
Pray for them and "Bless" them
Send them
Support and Encourage them
Sense of Responsibility/Provide what is necessary
It is the responsibility of existing
churches to plant new churches.
The Audience Contacted
Acts 13:14-16; 14:1
Selectivity is forbidden because God is not selective (Acts 10:34; Gal. 3:28).
But, we must have a strategy
To gain the good will of the community
To reach the unchurched
To reach a "prepared" people
To gain as wide a hearing as possible
The Audience Contacted
Types of Contacts
Courtesy Contacts
Community Contacts
Selective evangelistic contacts
Widespread evangelistic contacts
The Audience Contacted
Grouping Contacts
Which social or economic group is most receptive?
Which community or suburb should be targeted for an evangelistic thrust?
Who are the most influential members of this community or group?
The Gospel Communicated
Acts 13:17-41; 16:31; 22:16
Objective: Clear and persuasive presentation of the gospel to every person we can possibly reach within the area of our responsibility.
Contextualize the Message--place it in its relevant cultural setting
Determine method
Select media
Meet needs
Measure effectiveness
The Hearers Converted
Acts 13:48; 16:14-15
To secure a valid response to the gospel
To disciple people to be disciplers
Conversion: Turning (1 Thess. 1:9-10)
Why important?
Related to forgiveness of sins (Acts 3:19; 26:18
Prerequisite to blessing (Acts 3:19-20)
Naturally precedes service to God (1 Thess. 1:9-10)
Group Conversion (Acts 9:35; 16:33-34)?
The Believers Congregated
To establish regular meetings consistent with both scripture and culture
To make meetings as meaningful as possible
To introduce believers into fellowship as soon as possible
To provide a variety of opportunities for fellowship
To adjust evangelistic outreach to appeal to both churched and unchurched
3 Significant issues:
Meeting Place
Size of group
Meeting time
The Faith Confirmed
Acts 14:21-22; 15:41
Establish believers in the faith
What to believe
How to live
Provide opportunities for proper worship
Encourage them to do meaningful service
Equip them to "give away" their faith
Encourage believers to practice faithful stewardship
The Balanced Worship Service
Worship that balances the needs and expectations of:
Older believers
Younger believers
New believers
Visiting unbelievers
Visiting believers
The Leaders Consecrated
Acts 14:21-23
Promote spiritual maturity of ALL believers
Believers should be taught to look for emerging leaders
A permanent organization should be established that is scriptural, functional, effective, and expandable.
Leadership development
The qualifications of 1 Tim. 3 and Titus 1 must precede appointment
Scriptural Discipline (1 Cor. 5)

The Believers Commended
Acts 14:23; 16:40
When to leave?
Difficult because of leaving "your" work and special bonds.
An amicable withdrawal at the best possible moment
An orderly transition of leadership
Continuation of appropriate effective ministries
Ministries initiated by missionaries
Financial responsibility
Start early in developing independence
Relationships Continued
Acts 15:36; 18:23
Establish a continuing relationship between the missionary and the mission church.
Establish a relationship between the mission church and the greater Christian community (for fellowship, encouragement, and cooperation in ministry)
NT Examples:
2 Cor. 11:28
Phil. 4:14-16
The Sending Church Convened
Acts 14:26-27; 15:3-4
Report concerning common accomplishments
Encourage sending churches
Debrief and re-acclimatize the missionary
Train the church how to support/encourage missionaries
Amar a Dios--Love God
Crecer Juntos--Grow Together
Compartir con el Mundo--Share with the World
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