Critical Assessment 5: Churches

  • When they believe are they immediately obeying by being baptized? (Generally, this is a group decision and baptism). (Acts 8:36-38; Mt. 28:19-20)
  • Are they clear and certain about Scripture’s authority? (2 Petr. 1:19-21)
  • Are these new groups of believers intentional to start functioning as churches (Acts 14:23) – How are you helping them discover this scripturally?
  • Are you resisting the temptation to import your own cultural and denominational approach to how church services, church facilities and other things are to be done? (Acts 18:7) Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth? (John 16:13)
  • Are the believers praying and praising God joyfully in their heart language? (Acts 2:11)
  • Are new believers testifying about their new found faith immediately? (Acts 9:20) – Are they being equipped to interact with skeptical nonbelievers? (1 Cor. 15)
  • Beside outreach, is there worship that focuses on God (2 Cor. 13:14), teaching of the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), fellowship, praying together and the breaking of bread (Acts 2:42), signs and wonders, and a love that manifests itself in acts of mercy (Lk. 10:25-37; Gal. 6:10)?
  • Are new congregations being helped to do outreach to other places from the beginning? (Acts 1:8, Mt. 10:5-7; Acts 19:10)
  • Are existing congregations listening to God to start new outreaches into areas which are not yet reached, as the Holy Spirit did in Antioch (Acts 13:2-3)?

Critical Category 5: Churches

  1. Churches are discipled oikos’ that becomes obeying congregations (usually meeting in homes) who transform families and communities.
  2. Scripture and Holy Spirit are all they need (Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 14:26) to establish self-replicating Disciples, leaders, and churches. Church Planting is an act of God through His Spirit and His people who are obedient to the Word and the Spirit.
  3. These new believers together begin the process of discerning how to redeem local culture. Do not import external culture, but allow them to redeem local culture by embracing all they Biblically can in a culture and allowing obedience to the Word to transform/redeem the rest.
  4. They need to reach out beyond their culture/group (Mat 28:18-20). Reaching Out to “ALL” segments of society becomes a part of the group DNA as a result of obedience to the Great Commission (missions) and the Great Commandments.

Help new churches begin reproducing immediately.