Church Growth

Acts 14:23 When they had appointed elders for them in the various churches, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the protection of the Lord in whom they had believed.

“They entrusted them to the protection of the Lord in whom they had believed.”

Wow!!

Really?!?

They actually ‘entrusted’ them? They didn’t give them any reading materials? No “Next Steps” booklets?

Surely they at least put them on their mailing list?!? Because the context indicates that they left them almost immediately.

Paul obviously had a lot to learn about church planting and growth.

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3 Responses to “Church Growth”

  1. Charlotte Says:

    Whoa. How have we missed this? I’m not being facetious. Obviously, yes, we know we must trust believers to the care of the Lord. But then we set out to make sure they get everything right. I have read this passage many times, but certainly didn’t see this specifically.

    We are so arrogant in our own convictions.

  2. John Says:

    As he fell to the ground, he heard a voice: “Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?” He said, “Who are you, Master?” “I am Jesus, the One you’re hunting down… Acts 9:4-6
    Jesus revealed himself to Paul as one with believers in Christ. It is hard for us to really believe we are truly one with God because we have not heard “The” Gospel. The Good News has been mixed with bad news. The grace of God has been mixed with the law. Religion has robbed us of true freedom. We have stunted the growth of our “children in the Lord” and ourselves through the restraints of our dogma, doctrines and traditions. We have not been stable. We have not had enough faith to entrust much of anything to the Lord!
    I believe this is a time of reformation. There are now men and women of God among us who have been leading The Body, yet still learning. PTL
    Thanks Dale for being one of the leaders who entrusted me to the protection of the Lord.


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