“…and the word of God continued to increase, and the number of disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem…” (Acts 6:7)
Did you know there are at least 1.35 million people in the Charlotte Metro area who would slip into an eternity in hell if they were to die at this very moment? I have not been able to shake that number out of my head and heart, and have been asking “What can we do to reach them and introduce them to God’s peace through Jesus?”
So often many methods and strategies involve getting more people in a room or to an event. Getting more people in the room and to an event is not a bad pursuit, but it simply is not enough to reach the next generations and the 1.35 million with the gospel.
A Better (Biblical) Strategy
Our eternal God, in His sovereign purposes, has ordained patterns of discipleship that would lead to the exaltation of His name among all nations and peoples.
The goal is not getting more people in the room through some attractional means, but unleashing everyday disciples to make disciples who make disciples. This is how the early church multiplied. Multiplication is how the church has grown throughout Christendom, but too often we rely on additive measures. We desperately need a movement where disciples are making disciples, leaders and training leaders, and congregations are multiplying congregations.
We are fully aware that a church planting movement or disciple making movement is the work of the Holy Spirit, and prayer and action are both needed.
Here are three things to begin to pray:
- Ignite a fresh love for Jesus in my heart and stir up affection for the Lord Jesus.
- Show me where You are already at work.
- Help me to recognize and be attentive to those opportunities.
God often uses and takes the initiative to choose unlikely people to pioneer movements that lead to renewal, revival, and expansion to the church in its mission. If you have a heart for reaching people who are far from God and would love to see a church planting movement in Charlotte then we would love for you to join us at one of our upcoming Multiplier Labs. This is one easy step you could take.
Charlotte is in desperate need of a spiritual harvest, and here we are 2,000 years after the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and millions of people are still like sheep without a shepherd. Their pitiful cries on the way to eternity in hell continue to reach the heart of God. The urgency of the hour calls for a disciple making and church planting model that will saturate the entire city of Charlotte with the love of Jesus.