E.Planting requires people who are disciples of Christ.
• The church must disciple by teaching, training, and imitation (1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1; 2 Tim. 2:2; Phil. 4:9).
• Pray for men and women, find men and women, challenge men and women, train men and women (2 Timothy 2:2).
• Planting requires men who will lead their families, love their wives, lead the church, take risks for the Gospel. Christ called 12 men and sent them out (Phil. 3—fellowship of His sufferings; 2 Cor. 4:1-18; 2 Cor. 11:23-33).
• Planting requires women who will provide leadership and assistance in ministry areas appropriate and available to women (1 Timothy 2).
a. Are men more important than women? How about in a church plant? Can a woman plant a church without a man?
b. What does it mean to challenge someone? Why are some men hard to motivate? Why are some women hard to motivate?
c. What are some common excuses for not wanting to plant a church in Orange?
d. What might be some common excuses for not wanting to plant a church near Siliguri? How can we answer those objections?
4F.Planting is dangerous, risky and uncomfortable. "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." Tertullian, 1st century AD
•There must be a willingness to let all of life’s luxuries, friendships, family, money, comforts go…being well-thought of…inconveniences (Matthew 10:16-23, 34-39; John 15:18-21; 16:1-4; Romans 8:16-18; 2 Cor. 4:7-12; 12:9-10; Philippians 1:27-29; 3:10; Colossians 1:24; 1 Peter 4:12-14; Revelation 6:9-11; 12:11.)
•You have to be death defying, to cause you to trust God in new ways (Matthew 5:43-45).
•Churches are open to cultural adaptations. There is a clear understanding of the difference in preferences and biblical principles.
a. Read Matthew 10 as a group and list the witnessing principles, warnings, resources, etc.
b. Read Philippians 3 and 2 Corinthians 11:23-33. What was going on in the life of Paul? What was he thinking? What were some internal motivations, spiritual truths that drove Paul to plant churches?