Twenty-one Biblical “Musts” to Multiply

Twenty-one Biblical “Musts” to Multiply

Raise up willing workers:

  1. Focus on neglected people-groups that are receptive to the gospel.
    Matthew 13:3-10; Acts 18:1-4, 24-28; Romans 15:20; Revelation 7:9
  2. Send your church’s God-given “apostles” to plant churches in new areas.
    Matthew 10:1-2; Ephesians 4:11; Acts 13:1-3; Romans 1:5
  3. Form temporary, apostolic task groups that train local workers.
    Matthew 9:37-38; Colossians 1:7; 4:12; 1 Corinthians 12:28
  4. Agree to saturate people groups and regions with reproducible churches.
    Matthew 28:18; Acts 1:8; 18:20-23; Romans 15:18-20; Colossians 1:6

Spread the Good News about Jesus:

  1. Announce the gospel to every people, calling families to repent and believe.
    Luke 24:46-48; Acts 2:38; 10:38-43; 20:20-21; 1 Corinthians 14:1-5
  2. Penetrate local communities through family leaders who are “persons of peace”.
    Luke 10:5-7; Acts chapter 10; 11:13-15; 14:26-28; 16:14-15, 30-34; 18:8
  3. Let the Good News flow, using methods that local believers can imitate.
    Luke 24:44-48; Acts 16:25-34; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
  4. Combine evangelism with making disciples and training shepherds.
    Matthew 10:7-10; Acts 2:41-43; 14:21-23; 18:24-26; Ephesians 4:11-13
  5. Keep trusting God for “signs and wonders”.
    Matthew 10:8; Acts 4: 19-20; James 5:14-16
  6. Confirm the faith of new believers by baptism, as Jesus said and the apostles did.
    Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38-41; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21-22

Make disciples:

  1. Make disciples the way Jesus said and modeled, teaching them to obey all his commands.
    Matthew 28:17-20; Acts 2: 38-47; 2 Corinthians 10:5-6; Revelation 14:12
  2. In new churches, teach the believers to give to meet urgent needs.
    Luke 6:38; Acts 2: 46; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Phil. 4:16-18.

Keep flocks interactive:

  1. Teach churches to meet regularly in small groups and big groups.
    Matthew 18:19-20; Acts 22:46; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Hebrews 10:24-25
  2. Keep shepherding groups small enough to serve one-another with gift-based ministries.
    Luke 10:25-37; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Corinthians 14:3, 24-26
  3. Recognize and leverage every church’s ability to reproduce itself.
    Genesis 1:21-23; Mark 4:7, 28; Acts 12:24-25; Ephesians 4:11-13; Colossians 4:12-13.

Worship in New Testament ways:

  1. Learn and teach others to lead small-group worship in non-formal settings.
    Matthew 18:19-20; Acts 5:42; 20:20; 10:27; 12:12; 16:32; Colossians 4:15.
  2. In new churches, make the Lord’s Supper the center of worship.
    John 6:53-58; Acts 2: 44-45; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:27-34

Train leaders in the way the apostles did:

  1. Coach new shepherds of new churches in generational ‘chains’.
    Exodus 18:13-27; Mark 6:7-8; 30; 2 Timothy 2:1-2.
  2. Appoint “elders” in every church in every city.
    Acts 14:21-23; 1 Timothy 3:1-11; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4.

Watch over the flocks:

  1. Constantly evaluate methods for effectiveness and oppose harmful traditions.
    Mark 7:8-13; Acts 10:13-15; 20:28-30; Colossians 2:8.
  2. When opposed, resist the devil and draw near to God.
    Matthew 4:1, 11; Acts 16:16-18; Colossians 2:15; Ephesians 6:12-13; James 4:7. 

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