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Devotion Session #5 (C & D)

 

C. Churches must pray about planting in order to plant—God acts when we pray! Planting is God's work and must be done in reliance upon Him.

• Prayer: foundational and fervent (Acts 1:14; 2:42; 3:23-31; 6:6-7; 10:1-48; 12:5; 13:3; 14:23; 16:11-15; 16:25-34; 20:36; 21:5).

• Paul asked for prayer to share the Gospel with boldness (Eph. 6:18-19).

• Jesus instructed us to pray for workers for the harvest (Matthew 9:36-38).

• [When you present this truth, stop and have several pray. If no one responds by praying for planting, repeat the teaching and then ask several to pray; repeat until they pray.]

 

Questions to investigate:

a. Look up the texts in the first bullet point and comment on the prayer. What do they pray for?

b. Paul asks for boldness in preaching. Why? What fears do we have in sharing in Orange versus India? Why are they different?

c. In Matthew 9 Jesus says the harvest is plentiful. The problem is harvesters. Is that true in Orange? India? Is the harvest plentiful in Orange?

d. Jesus sees people differently; He sees them as distressed and downcast. Do you see them as He sees them?

 

D. Churches must plan to plant.

• We must infuse this vision into every new church (I Thess. 1:6-8).

• Church planting only happens when it is intentional (Isaiah 32:8; Acts 13:1-4; 2:42-27; 13-20).

• Believers must intentionally start new fellowships of believers wherever they go.

• New believers should be gathered for prayer, worship, study of God’s Word, fellowship and outreach.

• When reaching new groups it is beneficial to find a person of interest/man of peace (Matthew 10:11).

 

Questions to investigate:

a. When is the best time for a church to talk about planting a church?

b. T or F We only do what we plan to do.

c. Who is the man of peace in Matthew 10?

d. What are the necessary requirements for church planting?