MULTIPLYING GOSPEL COMMUNITIES
GOD DOES IT WITH CREATION
God is the sole Creator, and yet he raises up Adam and Eve. He gives them power and influence over creation. Then he immediately commands them to “be fruitful and multiply.” Multiplication is in God’s very nature.
“And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” – Genesis 1:28
JESUS DOES IT WITH THE GOSPEL
Jesus is the great Multiplier. He went from himself to 12 disciples. With these disciples, he gives them the Great Commission to go and make disciples who make more disciples. In other words, he multiplied the gospel truth in these 12 disciples, and told them to multiply it in others. Jesus’ movement of multiplication is continuing today where billions of people are still going out and making more disciples. As believers, we are called into this Great Commission of multiplying gospel communities.
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.” – Acts 9:31
THE TASK AT HAND IS TOO BIG TO DO ALONE
The task of making disciples and taking the gospel to the world is too big for one man to do alone. Which is why the Bible calls every member of the church to the work of the ministry. As we all make disciples who make disciples, we are multiplying the gospel message to more and more people. Multiplication is not a task for pastors alone. It is a task for every member.
“Moses’ father-in-law said to him, ‘What you are doing is not good. You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.’” – Exodus 18:17-18
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:11-12
WHAT ARE GOSPEL COMMUNITIES?
Our multiplication is not just mindless replication of whatever we want, but we are called to multiply gospel communities. Gospel communities are groups of people together:
BECAUSE OF JESUS
Not a cause or stage of life or affinity or race or culture. Gospel community transcends those things.
Not just singing or talking about him. Rather, we long to be with Jesus through the Holy Spirit We want the Spirit of Christ to empower us for ministry and mission
We live under the authority of Jesus by his Word. The Bible stands over us as the Supreme Court of authority for all matters of faith and practice.
We live on mission in our city. We think about non-Christians, and we long for people to meet Jesus.
WHAT DOES MULTIPLICATION LOOK LIKE?
DISCIPLES MULTIPLYING DISCIPLES
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to go and make other disciples, teaching them to love, obey, and follow Jesus. This is the heart of the Great Commission that we are called to fulfill.
LEADERS MULTIPLYING LEADERS
Likewise, leaders create other leaders. They raise up and develop other leaders who can come alongside them to lead others.
GROUPS MULTIPLYING GROUPS
Whether a Community Group or a Hub Group, our groups multiply all over the city so more and more people can be brought into community.
CHURCHES MULTIPLYING CHURCHES
Churches should be church-planting churches. As a church, we have a desire to see churches planted all over our city and world to reach more people for Jesus.