“Church Growth Principles & Practices”

Jeff Fugate

Shawn Bateman, Misionary to Argentina

August 31, 2018

Some great thoughts about how our work is not finished. While we are able we should be busy laboring in the fields.

Jesus said to look at the fields that were white unto harvest. He said the plentifulness of the harvest was not the problem. The problem was that there were not enough people to work in the fields to bring in the harvest. That is what we are all supposed to do.

“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”— Luke 14: 23.

So, when do we have enough? When can we say that we are finished growing? The Bible says we are to keep building until the house is full. When is the house full? It is not my duty to decide when the house is full. It is my duty to keep bringing them in until He says differently. I suppose it is not full as long as the Lord tarries His return. So until I die, it is my responsibility to be building, which means bringing more into His house. Jesus spent three years training the disciples to carry on the work He began. One of His most vital works was the local church. After He was gone, they went to the work for which they were trained by Him. There is absolutely no doubt that their focus was on building churches, and there is no doubt that is to be our focus as well.

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