Austin Gardner has written a very helpful book on raising financial support for home and foreign missionaries. I read this prior to starting deputation & it was a huge help! Very practical and motivational. You should get it now!
The familiar words of our Lord Jesus Christ in Acts 1:8 define our present task: “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.”
For nearly two thousand years, the return of Christ has been mercifully delayed. There have been many great churches and missionary movements over the centuries, but the world still has not been reached. It’s time for our generation to fulfill the great commission. This is our day. Here are three statements to help expand your vision for church planting.
Building on Another Man’s Foundation is an Inadequate Vision
“Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.” (Romans 15:20-21)
As believers grow in the Lord, this is a common question. How can you know? How does it feel to be called? With every decision and question, we should run to God’s Word for the answer.
“What a novel idea!”
I know. We do claim the Bible is our authority for everything we believe and praxtice, so what does the Bible say? God clearly desires every believer to serve (Mark 10:45).
“No, no, I meant – does God want me to serve him full time as my vocation?”
Oh, I get it now! Of course He does!
“Really?! How can you be so sure?”
1 Corinthians 10:31 (Go ahead, look it up)
“That’s not really what I was talking about.”
Oh, I see. Maybe you were expecting to find an obscure verse in Revelation that gave your name and ministry assignment? Sorry, it’s not there. I have to admit that would make it pretty easy though. God has not left you in the dark though.
“Great! Point me in the the right direction!”
Okay, your quest begins with desire. (1 Timothy 3:1) How would you like to serve? If you could do anything for the glory of God & the benefit of His church, what would it be?
If you desire to be a pastor, I rejoice with you! You are desiring a great work! Read through the qualifications in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
Depend upon it, God can bless his Word anywhere, among Cretans, or among any other sort of degraded people.
Spurgeon commenting on Titus 1:12