Evangelism In the Early Church, Part 4 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #134)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 1:18 which reads: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

Our soul winning quote today is from C. H. Spurgeon. He said: “To be a soul winner is the happiest thing in the world. And with every soul you bring to Jesus Christ, you seem to get a new heaven here upon earth.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 117 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler from their book “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence.”

Evangelism In the Early Church, Part 4

There are at least five basic characteristics of the New Testament Church revealed in Acts 1–4. Each of these principles should serve as a foundation for future generations to follow. We looked at the first three characteristics in previous podcasts, and now we will look at the fourth characteristic.

4. The Early Church Possessed a Convicting Boldness

With this in mind, consider what Scripture says in Acts 4:31–33:

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

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Evangelism In the Early Church, Part 3 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #133)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 10:32 which reads: “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Watchman Nee. He said: “If a believer in Christ did not preach in his first two years of his conversion, he may not likely open his mouth again to preach.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 116 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler from their book “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence.”

Evangelism In the Early Church, Part 3

There are at least five basic characteristics of the New Testament Church revealed in Acts 1–4. Each of these principles should serve as a foundation for future generations to follow. We looked at the first two characteristics in previous podcasts, and now we will look at the third characteristic.

3. The Early Church Shared a Consistent Message

A close reading of Acts chapters 2 and 3 reveals that the early apostles never compromised the integrity of the gospel message. Even in the face of intimidation and possible death in front of the religious leaders, Peter refuses to back down.

Evangelism In the Early Church, Part 2 (Soul Winning Motivator Podcast #132)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Acts 17:27 which reads: “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from everyone of us.”

Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:

Paul proclaimed that we are all descended from Adam through Noah, and that there is one God who created us all and we are all obligated to Him. Since God created us all, we should seek the Lord . . . though He is not far from each one of us.

Our soul winning quote today is from John Piper. He said: “Don’t wait for a feeling or love in order to share Christ with a stranger. You already love your heavenly Father, and you know that this stranger is created by Him, but separated from Him, so take those first steps in evangelism because you love God. It is not primarily out of compassion for humanity that we share our faith or pray for the lost; it is first of all, love for God.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 115 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence.” It is available on our website for just $35.

Evangelism In the Early Church (Part 2)

There are at least five basic characteristics of the New Testament Church revealed in Acts 1–4. Each of these principles should serve as a foundation for future generations to follow. We looked at the first characteristic in the previous podcast, and now we will look at the second characteristic.

2. The Early Church Depended on a Consuming Power

From the beginning of Acts, it is evident that the consuming power of the early church is the Holy Spirit as manifested in the lives of committed believers. Jesus spoke to the disciples shortly before ascending into heaven. In Acts 1:8, He said: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

This passage restates the Great Commission, as shared by Christ in Matthew 28, and also expresses the theme for the book of Acts and the establishment of the early church. That the Holy Spirit is the motivating power of the early Christians is evident in the first four chapters of Acts. According to Acts 2, various individuals were “filled with the Holy Spirit.” The key person was the apostle Peter, who preached to the multitudes at Pentecost.

Acts 2:29-33 reads: “Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.”

A similar theme is repeated in Acts 4:8 where it states that Peter was “filled with the Holy Spirit” as he defended himself and John before the religious leaders. The consuming power spreads further according to Acts 4:31, where the whole church was “filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”

In our next podcast, we will continue looking at Evangelism In the Early Church.

* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Evangelism In the Early Church (The Soul-Winning Motivator #131)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Mark 16:15 which reads: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Rick Warren. He said: “The way you store up treasure in heaven is by investing in getting people there.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 114 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler from their book “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence.”

Evangelism In the Early Church

There are at least five basic characteristics of the New Testament Church revealed in Acts 1–4. Each of these principles should serve as a foundation for future generations to follow.

1. The Early Church Ministered Through Constant Presence

Even a quick reading of the first few chapters of Acts reveals that the early church did not hide or run from the community they were called to serve. They engaged the culture.

Acts 2:46–47 says: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

Unlike many contemporary believers who seem afraid of mingling with the unsaved world, the early church was out in the community on a daily basis, thus creating a constant presence for the purpose of spreading the gospel. As a result, God added to the Church “daily.”

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church, Part 10 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #130)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Philemon 1:6 which reads: “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”

Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:

Paul prayed for Philemon, desiring that the sharing of his faith would become effective as Philemon understood the work God did in him (every good thing which is in you).

This is the foundation for all effective evangelism: the overflow of a life touched and changed by God. God had done every good thing in the life of Philemon. Now, it was a matter of it being acknowledged by both Philemon and those he shared the faith with. When these good things were understood, others would come to Jesus. The reason why some sharing of the faith is not effective is because we don’t know or can’t communicate every good thing God has done for us.

It is possible that Paul means the sharing of material things, prompted by faith. The ancient Greek word for sharing is koinonia, and sometimes Paul used koinonia, which means “fellowship, sharing,” to describe giving.

Our soul winning quote today is from Oswald J. Smith. He said: “Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 113 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence.” It is available on our website for just $35.

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church (Part 10)

10. “Storm the Gates!”

Too many Christians and churches have gone on into hiding. We have retreated to our Christian ghettos, going to our Christian schools, listening to our Christian radio stations, and hanging out with only our Christian friends. As the culture moves further from biblical values, we retreat further from the culture. And it breaks Jesus’ heart.

In Matthew 16, Jesus was giving His disciples an opportunity to grasp a deep understanding of His identity and, thereby, a clearer comprehension of their destiny. In verse 18, He gives a statement which has become known as the Great Promise: “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

This promise clearly states that, because Jesus is the church builder, the church is an unstoppable force that must storm the gates of hell! We are not to be passive cowards who are hunkered down in fear of the world around us. We are to be a militant, aggressive army on the offensive for God, working to rescue captives from hell.

Nothing causes the enemy to sit up and take notice as much as the start of a new church that is willing to penetrate the culture, identify with the captives, and kick down the very gates of hell, if that is what it takes. Every church planter I know has come face-to-face with severe spiritual warfare. But they also tell me that the trials they have faced have been small prices to pay in exchange for the great joy of seeing souls set free.

In our next podcast, we will look at Evangelism In the Early Church.

* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church, Part 8 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #128)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is John 10:16
which reads: “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them
also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be
one fold, and one shepherd.”

Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from
David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:

These other sheep are Gentile believers, not of the fold of Israel.
Jesus said that He must bring these sheep also, who would also hear
His voice. Jesus is basically saying, “Do not imagine that I shall lay
down my life for the Jews, exclusively of all other people; no: I
shall die also for the Gentiles; for by the grace, the merciful design
and loving purpose of God, I am to taste death for every man; and,
though they are not of this fold now, those among them that believe
shall be united with the believing Jews, and made one fold under one
shepherd.”

A fold of sheep is a part of the flock in its own structure or
enclosure. A shepherd might separate the sheep into different groups
to care for them better. There is one flock and one shepherd; but
Jesus calls His sheep from more than one fold (group or structure of
people).

Our soul winning quote today is from Richard C. Halverson. He said:
“Evangelism is not salesmanship It is not urging people, pressing
them, coercing them, overwhelming them, or subduing them. Evangelism
is telling a message. Evangelism is reporting good news.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 111 of our series titled “What
Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler. And, I want to
remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this
podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book —
“Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence.” It
is available on our website for just $35.

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church (Part 8)

8. Church Planting Brings the Hands and Heart of Jesus into the Lives
of Needy People

Two thousand years ago the miraculous act of God’s incarnation (taking
human flesh) did not merely reveal Him as a man; it also served to
model evangelism to mankind. When the Word became flesh, believers
learned the importance of enfolding proclamation into incarnation. It
is not enough merely to tell the gospel; it must be lived out with and
before people in Christian communities.

The New Testament way of “living Jesus” with, and before, hurting
people was and still is through His body, the church. A healthy church
is the body of Christ on earth. Establishing a new church brings the
hands and heart of Jesus into the lives of needy people.

In 2003, Roscoe and Maryanna Lilly moved to Clifton Park, New York,
and began serving the community by washing car windows in the mall
parking lot and cleaning public restrooms without charge. As a result,
the Northstar Church was born with a handful of people. They are
passionate about being the hands and feet of Jesus, making Him
relevant to their community. They exist to show God’s love in such a
way that people will exchange ordinary living for an extraordinary
life through the power of Jesus Christ. Last year, the young and
growing congregation clocked more than 1,600 community service hours.
They say their ministry embodies a formula they call SALT, which is:

Seeing people the way Jesus saw them.
Accepting people the way Jesus accepted them.
Loving people the way Jesus loved them.
Touching people the way Jesus touched them.

In our next podcast, we will continue looking at Ten Reasons to Plant a Church.

* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior,
may I encourage you to get to know Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken
God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and
come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible
states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ
said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are
not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to
destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in
Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the
abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and
idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which
burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died
for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God
for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to
come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth
unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall
not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the
Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church, Part 7 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #127)


Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 9:37-38 which reads: “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

Our soul winning quote today is from C. H. Spurgeon. He said: “Pretenders were many, but real ‘laborers’ in the harvest were few. Man-made ministers are useless. Still are the fields encumbered with gentlemen who cannot use the sickle. Still the real ingatherers are few and far between. Where are the instructive, soul-winning ministries?”

Our soul winning devotional is part 1110 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church (Part 7)

7. Church Planting Is Being on a Mission with God

Missio Dei is a Latin phrase that has been helpful in reminding the church that its mission is not the invention, responsibility, or program of human origin but flows from the character and purposes of God. Historically, the term mission was used to describe the acts of God rather than the activities of churches. Mission is not something the church does for God; it is rather the church getting in sync with the heart of God and cooperating with the activity of God.

According to noted church planting coach and professor Tom Jones:

God’s nature is at the root of mission. The living God portrayed in the Bible is a sending God. He sends because of His love for the world. He sent Abraham from his home into the unknown, promising to bless the world through him if he obeyed. God sent Joseph into Egypt to help preserve God’s people during a time of famine. When the time had fully come, God sent His son. Later, the Father and the Son sent the Spirit on Pentecost. Finally Christ sends His church.

Jones adds, “The most efficient way to fulfill the total mission of a sent church is the multiplication of local churches. . . . Every local church should consider itself a center for world mission.”

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church, Part 6 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #126)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 24:14 which reads: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Ed Stetzer. He said: “If [churches] do what missionaries do—study and learn language, become part of culture, proclaim the Good News, be the presence of Christ, and contextualize biblical life and church for that culture—they are missional churches.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 109 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church (Part 6)

6. Church Planting Expands the Kingdom of God

Jesus told us that the top priority on our lives was to be God’s kingdom. He taught us to pray for the coming of God’s kingdom. He said that unless someone is born again, he cannot even see the kingdom of God. God’s passion is that His kingdom spread to all peoples. His plan is that His kingdom increases through church planting.

Fred Herron makes this case following a careful study of the Word of God:

God’s heart for the expansion of his kingdom is revealed throughout the Old and New Testament. God intends the church to proclaim and demonstrate the kingdom so that his kingdom will spread to every people group on the earth. The passion in God’s heart for the expansion of his kingdom is a desire for all nations to glorify God the eternal King. He has given the church a kingly commission to go into the entire world and make disciples who are loyal worshippers of the King. The heart of God for kingdom expansion is the foundation for planting new churches.

Authors David W. Shrenk and Ervin R. Stutzman also see the kingdom link with church planting. They have written, “Church planting is thus the most urgent business of humankind. It is through the creation (or planting) of churches that God’s kingdom is extended into communities which have not been touched by the precious surprise of the presence of the kingdom of God in their midst.”

Every time we start a new church in a new community we are being a part of the answer to that prayer. Every time a new church reaches a person for Christ, a new citizen has been added to the kingdom of heaven. I fear that there are too many pastors in our nation that have allowed a passion for church growth to supersede a passion for the kingdom of God. It is refreshing to know, however, that many pastors and church leaders are more excited about building God’s kingdom than building their own kingdoms.

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church, Part 5 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #125)


Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Luke 9:6 which reads: “And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Martin Luther. He said: “If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 108 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church (Part 5)

5. The Great Commission Is Church Planting

You cannot fully follow the “Great Commission” without ending up planting churches. Any Great Commission initiative that does not result in the forming of new churches misses the mark. Let me explain. After Jesus rose from the dead, He laid out for His followers the desires He most deeply longed for them to fulfill. Repeatedly, Jesus gave a command that has become known as the Great Commission. The writers of the Gospels record Jesus giving His Great Commission five times. The fullest statement is found in Matthew 28.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

After examining the Great Commission, the question that begs to be answered is: How does God expect His followers to implement it? The obvious answer is: by planting churches. Church planting involves all the elements of fulfilling the Great Commission. New churches are the result of Christians invading a culture, preaching the gospel, baptizing believers, and training them to live for Christ.

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church, Part 4 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #124)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Luke 15:4 which reads: “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?”

Our soul winning quote today is from C. S. Lewis. He said: “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 107 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church (Part 4)

4. “It Is Easier to Give Birth Than to Raise the Dead”

This statement was a trumpet call of the great church-planting efforts of the Baptist Bible Fellowship of the 1950s. This great theme prompted a young graduate of Baptist Bible College named Jerry Falwell to start Thomas Road Baptist Church in his hometown in 1956, along with a handful of believers.
It also is the theme that motivated Dave Earley to launch New Life Church in Gahanna/ Columbus, Ohio, when he was just 26 years old and a recent graduate of Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Earley understood that he did not have the experience, wisdom, wiring, or patience to lead an existing church in its retooling efforts to reach the lost members of his generation. So he started a new church that was better designed to speak the language of the unchurched. While his church started out being smaller than most of the existing churches in his suburb, it quickly outgrew and reached more lost people than all of them. This shows how new churches can uniquely impact a community. At the new church there were no traditional barriers to hurdle, no mind-set strongholds to tear down, no committees to please, and no inward focus to circumvent. The new church could simply focus on the task at hand: wining the lost at any cost.

Maybe your calling is to be a “transitioner” at an existing church. If so, you are attempting to shift old assumptions regarding evangelism so that you can reach out to your community in new ways. If that is the case, may God bless you! I hope you are able to lead your church in becoming a true multiplication center that is also dedicated to launching new churches all over the world. However, it is important to note that incredible amounts of time, energy, and effort can be expended trying to transition existing churches, and some have done so with great success. While it can sometimes be done, we need to accept the fact that it is indeed easier to give birth than to raise the dead.