Chapter 20 – Church Planting: The Model

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verses from memory.
  • Define the word “church.”
  • Identify the head of the church.
  • Identify the body of the church.
  • Identify the leaders in the church.
  • Summarize the mission of the church.
  • Identify a model New Testament church.

INTRODUCTION

The command of Jesus was to go to all nations with the Gospel, beginning in Jerusalem and Judea and expanding to Samaria and all nations of the world. Jesus also commanded, “As you go heal the sick, cast out demons. . . “

But in addition to these two responsibilities, we find a third factor of evangelism emerging in the New Testament. Wherever believers went, while they were there they planted churches that would be able to nurture new converts to maturity. This is the first of three lessons on church planting. This chapter concerns the New Testament Church as a model from which you can learn how to start churches. The next lesson focuses on Biblical methods of church planting, and Chapter Twenty-Two explains how the church multiplies.

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.