Thank you for visiting our web site, and for inquiring about planting a church.    

The Bible is the only reliable source of information about Planting a church.  First of all what is the Biblical meaning of the word church.

Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary says it is from a compound of <G1537> (ek) and a derivative of <G2564> (kaleo); a calling out, i.e. (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both) :- assembly, church.

 

What a church is not: an earthly denominational ecclesiastical organization.  Proven by the fact that they all have different agendas and doctrines to which members are to be loyal and separated to.  Most all are fighting over their interpretation of one book.  As for this course, there are many new so called versions of Bible, and while I do not venerate the King James Version, every study must have an authority and I trust the KJV to be that authority.  (for more on that check out "The Authority the Scriptures" )  To do that Press Here

Learning to plant churches is following God's plan for growth, in His extended family the Biblical church, using the principle of multiplying, and scattering and multiplying again.

God delivered that plan to Noah after the flood. Consider: Genesis 9:1 "And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. . . . .Vs. 7 "And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein."  Chapt.10 : 32 "These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood."

In time there was a man named Nimrod a builder of a great city.  He did not desire to have people scattered, so he built a city and a tower to make a name for himself and draw all people to him. ( like many churches and "pastors" today.)  "And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. 8So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." (Genesis 11:6-9)

God used the principle scattering and multiplying in developing the nation of Israel  "Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran" (Genesis 12:1-4)   Consider Deut. 32:8 "When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel."

God used the principle of multiplying, and scattering and multiplying again, for developing the church.  This principle is implemented through evangelism and discipleship. "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:18-20)

Notice the command of Christ is to GO and TEACH all that Jesus had taught them to others.  Also notice teaching is not just telling, no one is taught until they are observing what they have learned.

This is a command to disciple those God saves, and brings into His family. Consider Acts 2:41-47 "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46And 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, 47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."

There are a number of things to be observed here as to how the church [the body and bride of Christ] is to be enlarged through evangelism and discipleship.

Keep in mind ,'So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." [Romans 10:17]  That is the work of evangelism, taking the gospel of Christ to those that have not heard it.

Discipleship is raising up those who have received Christ in the Word of God, Christ being our primary example.

The first thing we observe in Acts chapter 2: 41-47 is that those who received the word were baptized. Vs. 41  Receveing the word here implies accepting what they had learned about Jesus Christ. That He is their God and Saviour.  That He lived a life according to the law, though tempted as they are they are yet without sin, in their place. [Heb. 4:14 - 16]  That Jesus suffered the death they deserved, as sinners, in their place, and was raised again for their justification, that they may be saved, if they accept Him for doing so. [John. 1:12=14] 

That is the heart of the Apostles doctrine.  Therefore, salvation comes before baptism.  Baptism is a commitment as a result of the acceptance of what Christ did for them, and an acknowledging they have a new life to live in Christ.  Baptism is also the testimony of the fact that they too will one day be raised up to live with God forevermore. [Read Romans chapter 6] 

The second thing we notice is "they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine" That by the way, was learning all that the Scriptures said about Christ, as well as the life of Christ as lived with the Apostles. [Acts 2:42] 

This is the doctrine that turned the world upside down, and built the church.  This is what is needed today, if one is to grow in the Lord.

Please keep in mind, in the Old Testament we find the principles ( what we are to do) in the New Testament we find the percepts ( how we are to accomplish the principles)  These are demonstrated by Christ and His life, and seen in the life of the saved.

We also notice Christians are to care for one another in times of need, as brothers and sisters in the family of God.  Consider: 1 Cor. 12:25-27 "That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular."

The next thing we notice is that those who received Christ and were baptized came together for fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Vs.46  

The Apostle Paul emphasizes this need to the Hebrew Christians. "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." [Hebrews 10:25]

All those in Christ need fellowship and encouragement as well as intercessory prayer for one another's victory in their walk with Christ in this ungodly world.  It is all the more true today, as we approach the coming of Christ to end Gentile rule of this world.

It is also important to notice they did not venerate one day over another in coming together to learn more about Jesus, they were together every day of the week.  Now that seems to imply that they were not all together at one place every day, but rather every day, groups met in the temple until they were not allowed to do so, and in various homes to be discipled by the apostles. [Acts 2:46 - 47] 

Notice Vs 47 "Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."

The word favour here was true in the beginning, but later on they were persecuted for their loyalty to Christ and His words.  This is becoming a fact, of true churches and Christians today.

But they were gracious with all people and to each other.  Furthermore, God's graciousness opened the hearts to the Word and many were saved daily.  

Notice it was God that saved, and added to the church, not men. 

Consider what Jesus said John 6:44 - 66  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. . . .Vs 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

This is a bold testimony that man can only lead men to religion, but only God the Father can save souls and add them to His Church.  Today some would give the impression it was the other way around, as they decide who is and who is not be admitted in the local church body of believers.

The result of God saving them and others, brought praise to God for what Lord had done, and was continuing to do for them all.

Thus, the great plan of growth through multiplication and division, scattering and multiplying, is God's plan for planting churches all over the world starts in the hearts and homes of believers.  That is the way the church grew for the first hundred years when it turned the world upside down. That is the way the Lord would have us to plant churches today. 

First of all if you are apart of a church that has a pastor that is a true shepherd of the flock of God,  pay attention to him, learn from him and his example.   If you have trouble learning, ask for his help, that you will be able to help him and others.  Then back him up with prayer and consistency in doing the will of God.  For details for the will of God Press Here

If that is not so, yes you can plant a church right in your own home.  If you want help to plant a church in your area, the course we offer is focused to disciple you as an as an ambassador for Christ and help you to plant churches in your home or the homes of others.

For more on what a church should be Press Here

The material in this outline has been compiled from our Bible course "The Family of God Bible Outlines"  It is a Biblicist perspective of discipleship for the family of God that is focused on learning to know the person of God and His will for our lives.   All scripture references are from the authority of the KJV of the Bible.

Thank you for visiting our site and taking the time to read and consider what is said here.  If it has been a help to you, I would appreciate your comments and any questions you may have, or if I may be of more help to you in reaching your potential in Christ our Lord.   

May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  

Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

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