Paul’s Strategy

Paul's StrategyThis is the core of Paul’s missionary strategy:

1. Go to where the people are. after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off –Acts 13:3

  • Paul, by the calling of the Spirit, left his home church in Antioch to evangelize to other people in other cities, to both the Jews and Greeks. (Acts 13:1-14:20, 15:36-21:16)

2. Preach the gospel.there they continued to preach the gospel –Acts 14:7

  • In every city that Paul went to evangelize in, he preached the gospel. (Acts 13:5, 16-41, 14:1-3, 7, 15-17, 21, 25, 15:7-11, 35, 31-32, 17:2, 17-18, 22-31, 18:5, 11, 19:8-10, 26:12-23)
  • Paul knew this was the only way the church could glorify God—through an understanding of the gospel. (Eph. 3:8-10)

3. Instruct them in the faith.they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith –Acts 14:21-22

  • Paul often returned to the churches he established to strengthen the believers in the faith. (Acts 14:21-23, 15:36,16:1-5, 18:23-21:16)
  • Paul had a desire to build the up the church in Godliness. (1Tim. 3:14-15)

4. Appoint leadership.they had appointed elders for them in every church –Acts 14:23

  • Paul often appointed and commissioned elders himself to watch over the church and guard his teachings. (Acts 14:23, 20:17-28)
  • Paul trusted that elders would keep things in order according to his teachings. (Titus 1:5)

5. Entrust them to the Lord.with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed –Acts 14:23

  • Paul was confident that God would be faithful to the churches who trusted in Christ (Acts 14:23, 20:32)
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