I find it most intriquing that the New Testament purpose for evangelism is not what we would call today “personal decisions” for Christ, but was and is still rather today, the main tool for planting new churches. Everywhere Paul and the band of brothers went, they won people to Christ, who right away began their discipleship journey by becoming the local expression of Christ that gathered together, usually in homes on a daily basis.
Coupled with this was household salvation, and that too was not just to see people won to Christ, but again to see them grafted together as the local expression of Christ gathered in community.
I am thrilled that today, there exists brothers like Dick Scoggins, Robert Fitts, Tony and Felicity Dale, Gene Edwards and Frank Viola who believe that winning people to Christ is indeed the best way of establishing and growing the church.
The challenge will be in raising up like minded apostolic bands of workers who will take Christ to communities, see the lost won to Christ by those gifted as evangelists. These who are won will be then discipled by those who are teachers, and will be nurtured and cared for by those who are pastors, and will also have the gifts imparted and released by apostles, who will plant the church along with those who prophesy, who speak the word of the Lord in given situations and contexts. This is how what we call the five fold operated in the NT, and how it should, and in many cases, it does operate, especially in places like China and India, and in a growing number of places in Africa, South America, and now in Europe and North America.
These are exciting days where the Spirit is using ordinary people to accomplish extra-ordinary things!
I look forward to our interaction together on this blog!