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Paul's Journeys

Paul’s Third Journey

Paul has previously made two journeys having shared the Gospel, strengthened the new disciples, and started new churches along the way. Each of the previous two journeys has seemed to be slightly different in his approach in that the first journey was filled with Gospel sharing and starting new churches with Paul leading the way. […]

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Paul’s Second Journey

In Acts 15, after Paul and Barnabas had returned from their first journey, they stayed in Antioch for some time, sharing what God had done during their missionary journey. While they were there, some men had come from Judea – probably directly from the church in Jerusalem – and were preaching that the churches must […]

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Paul’s First Journey

In Acts 13 and 14, we see Paul and Barnabas set out on their first missionary journey together. They initially travel across the sea from Antioch to the island of Cyprus and immediately we see them establishing a pattern as they enter the Jewish synagogues and sharing the Gospel among the Jews in the towns […]

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The Church Sent on Mission

At the end of Acts 7, we see that Stephen is killed by stoning by the members of the Sanhedrin. Saul, who will soon come face-to-face with Jesus, is there as a zealous Pharisee and Acts 8:1 says that he is giving approval to the killing of Stephen. Saul begins to persecute the church, scattering […]

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Biblical Roadmap for Starting New Churches

Discipleship leads to church

Throughout the scriptures, whether in Jesus’s teachings, in the first church, or in the subsequent efforts from the apostle Paul, we can see that discipleship of Jesus leads to starting churches. Jesus’s teaching If we return to see how Jesus taught his disciples in the parable of the sower, we see that the parable ends […]

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Biblical Roadmap for Starting New Churches

What do you mean when you say “church”?

It has been interesting to realize, once again, how true it is that words have specific meanings, yet depending on your experience, a particular word may have one meaning to one person, and a very different meaning to someone else. I have seen this to be true as I have talked about the word “church” […]

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Biblical Roadmap for Starting New Churches

Make Disciples

Jesus said that, because he was given all authority on heaven and earth, his disciples should therefore go and make disciples for him among all of the nations. He didn’t call us to go make converts or believers. Instead, he said that we are to go make disciples. I believe that this is a core […]

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Biblical Roadmap for Starting New Churches

New Believers Become the Church

I think it is safe to say that the most prolific church planter that we can read about in the scriptures was the Apostle Paul. He started many churches where there were no churches before and taught new disciples to do the same. As a result, as we think about a Biblical Roadmap for Starting […]

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Biblical Roadmap for Starting New Churches

Asking God to Move

Jesus said something that I believe is very important as we think about people coming to Christ and new communities of believers beginning to form. Jesus said: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day…” John 6:44 As we have […]

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Biblical Roadmap for Starting New Churches

Waiting on the Holy Spirit

Over the last year, I have been reading through the Gospels and the book of Acts in an attempt to understand how Jesus and his disciples thought about starting new churches.  It seems clear that Jesus intended believers to live out their faith in community, and both Peter and Paul, the primary leaders that we […]