Acts 16:4-5..4 Now while they were passing through the cities, they were delivering the decrees which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe. 5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith, and were increasing in number daily…. 9 A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
Paul, Silas, Timothy and Luke continued their tour through cities Paul and Barnabas had visited on their first journey. They encouraged the disciples with the result of the meeting in Jerusalem that (1) there were no requirements for gentiles’ salvation beyond faith in Christ; (2) urge gentile converts to avoid certain behaviors involved in idol worship out of respect for their Jewish brothers and sisters who were disciples. A Apparently Paul and Silas delivered these decrees in verbal and written form.
The team now had 4 members to disciple these recent believers in Jesus. Joe White has taught me the power of multiplication in discipling; click on Men At The Cross Multiplication Chart. Note this follows the commands in Matthew 28:19-20.. 19 Go therefore and make disciples * of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” * three step process: make disciples–new believers in Jesus, then baptize them and teach them the commands of Jesus.
In v.9 Paul received a vision from the Holy Spirit to go into Macedonia and immediately the team obeyed v.10. We are not alone in the three step discipling process. We are guided both by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The Creator of the Universe empowers us and nothing is impossible with Him.
Resolve in 2018 to be involved in all three steps of the discipling process; make disciples–new believers in Jesus, then baptize them and teach them the commands of Jesus.
Henry Luke 1/6/2018
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