If you have been around Pastor Nick much at all, you have likely heard him talk about his passion that our church ministry be characterized as a “multiplying movement.” We aspire to be “one church with thousands of locations and multiple campuses.” Multiplication, you see, is a big part of our identity.
But multiplication is not just something that staff or board members have dreamed up. It has been part of Christ’s plan for us from the outset. He called us to make disciples among all people groups (Matt. 28:19, 20). His Spirit empowers us to carry His message from the neighborhood to the nations (Acts 1:8). And in 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul talked about a “four-generational” multiplication which began as he (first generation) shared truth with Timothy and others (second generation). He invited Timothy, then, to entrust those truths to other reliable people (third generation), who would teach still others (fourth generation).
Disciples who make disciples…that is the goal and the essence of multiplication.
Your Bible reading for today describes what that multiplication looked like in the first-century church in Jerusalem. On the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the church, the Holy Spirit of God used Peter’s sermon, and He drew 3000 people to Christ (2:41). Only a short time later in the fourth chapter of Acts, the number of men alone was at 5000 (4:4). Then, in the aftermath of cleansing, “more and more men and women believed…and were added” in chapter five (5:14). Chapter six also points out how “the number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly” (6:7).
While we may attribute this multiplication in Jerusalem to another place and another time, not possible today, we must recognize two important things. First, God has also done this in our day. If you trace the growth of Christianity in South Korea over the last decades, you will discover amazing multiplicative growth! Secondly, although the numbers and the rate of growth may differ in our day, don’t lose sight of the fact that God wants you to multiply yourself by making a disciple. He wants to multiply your Grace Group by launching another group or leader from it. He wants to multiply our church by seeing other churches/campuses established.
Will you join us?
Questions to consider:
- What people were instrumental in your faith journey?
- Who are you investing in to see them come to and grow in faith?