Jesus gave us the command to, “Go and make disciples of all nations…” Since Matthew 28:19, the church continues to push outward. It’s not easy. We know that this going resulted in the martyrdom of all the disciples, except John. We know it also resulted in the beheading of the Apostle Paul and so many others through the ages and even now in modern times, as documented by organizations like The Voice of the Martyrs.
The vision for making disciples is always realized in founding churches. Can we decipher Paul’s way of church planting in Acts? Would its application even be effective today? The answer, I believe, is a resounding yes to both. First, though God will always work through the strengths and weaknesses of a particular person, we can see a pattern in Paul’s work and we can apply it to how God might also use us. Second, we know we’re very much living in Corinth (or something worse). We carry the same Gospel and human beings carry the same hole in their heart that needs filling. With this in mind, here are 10 Scriptural pointers to church planting (or planning), whether you are currently engaged in the work or considering it.