Why plant churches? Some missionary agencies do not. Why go as a church planting missionary? Many do not, they go an mercy missions, educational missions, evangelistic missions, so why are we going to go as church planters.?
This is what the Christians in Acts did.
Yea, I know, going back to the old “cause the Bible says so” argument. I ask you though is there any better argument than that? Persecution comes to the church in Acts 8 and many of the Christians are scattered. Acts 8:3-5. “As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. 4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.” With the conversion of Saul in Acts 9 there arose a time of peace from the first wave of persecution and notice what the scripture says in Acts 9:31 “Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.” Notice that this is the first time you will find church in the plural. Up until chapter 9 it had always been “Church” now it is churches. How did so many churches come into existence in a short matter of time? When the Christians were scattered in chapter 8 they preached the gospel wherever they went, and when people were converted a church was established. By this time there are churches from Jerusalem to at least Antioch where Paul and Barnabas would minister and be sent out as the first missionaries in chapter 13.
This brings us to Paul, and his missionary journeys. On his first journey in chapters 13, & 14 Paul preaches the word and upon his return back they establish elders in every church according to Acts 14:23. There were no churches until Paul and Barnabas came through, now people have been saved and they have formed a church.
Why was Christianity’s spread so prolific in the first century? Because everywhere the Gospel went a church was established. We will look at more reasons in the upcoming post.