Patient evangelism not ‘get rich quick’ method

Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) was an American missionary in Burma who lived overseas for several decades. The Lord used him and his steady but hard work overseas to build the church in Burma. Usually, the work the Lord has before us is slow, despite modern attempts in the church planting world to make fast look like the norm.

‘…Churches faithfully supported the ministry of a man [Adoniram Judson] they’d never met. They only knew Judson by way of his reputation and the letters that came several months after current events. He never once visited with rousing stories of regular converts.

‘SPIRITUAL GET-RICH-QUICK SCHEMES

The result is story after story of dramatic conversions and mass movements. Churches rarely celebrate slow, hard-slogging work that’s yet to see fruit. In doing so, we unintentionally create spiritual versions of get-rich-quick testimonials, showing how through only a little extra giving and a little extra prayer, you too can see an entire unreached people group saved in your lifetime….

‘INVEST PATIENTLY

Jesus made it abundantly clear that the effectiveness of sowing the word cannot be accurately measured right away. The parable of the soils shows us it takes time to see if a conversion is substantial or ephemeral (Matt. 13)….

‘LOCAL CHURCH AS SPIRITUAL MUTUAL FUND

One of the best ways for a church to grow in patience is to look for evidences of enduring grace….

‘Healthy churches will foster amongst their members a dogged determination to see the lost come to faith….’

-Caleb Greggsen

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(Also see at GSiV:

Church Growth, Planning, and Multiplication

Starting Churches: Making Disciples

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