Church growth: Strategies and principles

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  Commentary on Mark 6: Gospel as a Business

Jesus gave several instructions and guidelines for those called to minister the gospel. If we adhere to these simple instructions a lot of confusion taking place in ministry will be avoided.

Alone

(vs.7) – Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.

  1. Ministry is a team work; you can’t do it.

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 (vs. 7) Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.

  1. If you are truly called, you will be divinely empowered

 

(vs. 7) – Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.

  1. Don’t call yourself to a ministry if Jesus has not called you

 

(vs. 8) – These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff — no bread, no bag, no money in your belts.

  1. Don’t look or depend on your members for financial provision. Don’t over burden your members with request for money to sponsor the gospel. Focus on soul winning and God will focus on providing your finances

 

(vs. 11) – And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.”

  1. Don’t force anyone to hear the gospel. Salvation is voluntary.

 

(vs. 8-9) – 8 these were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff — no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra tunic

  1. Don’t be materialistic; you don’t need all the equipment or instruments in the whole world to preach the gospel

 

(vs. 12) – They went out and preached that people should repent.

  1. Your primary first message should be salvation, and repentance from sin

 

(vs. 13) – They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

  1. Your secondary message should be deliverance.

 

(vs. 13) – They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

  1. Your tertiary message should be healing

 

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