Revisiting our spiritual roots to learn the lessons of church growth that God gave in the establishment of the Apostolic and early Advent church movements.

Is your church thriving? Struggling to grow? Or just barely staying alive? If your church is anything other than thriving, it’s time to take a trip to the official beginning of the Christian church—the day of Pentecost.

Pentecost: God’s Power + God’s Methods

Newly baptized by the Holy Spirit, Peter preached a powerful sermon to the Jews gathered in Jerusalem. He explained the disciples’ speaking in tongues as being a partial fulfillment of the prophecy from the book of Joel. He then quoted from Psalms 16 and 110 as evidence for the resurrection, ascension, and enthronement of Jesus in heaven. What was God inspiring Peter to do? He was taking the Jews on a journey through their history to help them systematically understand things from Scripture they had previously overlooked or misunderstood. Why? Because they needed to start thinking biblically. Reflection was vital for their education.

We often focus on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and its’ power for “3000 in a day” evangelism. But we must not overlook the principle of reflection that God used to kickstart His church either. God was intentional about everything He did in the establishment of the early church. The approach God used then, He continues to use today.

Rediscovering God’s Approach to Church Growth

Many of us have been approaching church growth unintentionally or even in a manner that is at odds with God’s. Like the conscience-stricken Jews listening to Peter, we need to cry out, “What shall we do?” and then repent of our ineffective church growth tactics and let God lead.

In the RENEW Education Module, we will examine the Scriptures and our church history to discover two things: 1) why we exist, and 2) how God wants us to cooperate with Him in His divine mission. In this education and reflection portion, we’ll discover the proven principles that God continues to use today to launch church growth.

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