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The Exponential Potential

Posted on December 10, 2014
The Exponential Potential
As my wife and I grew in our Christian walk and became more involved in church, we felt that working full-time for the kingdom of God was, simply, what we had to do. If the best thing that ever happened to us was accepting Christ through the truths of His Word, how could we do anything else but work toward that happening in other people’s lives too? Our excitement grew to the point that we wanted to be right in the middle of where conversion happens in people’s lives.

While talking with a friend who was enrolled in AFCOE, we loved the idea of being able to give Bible studies full-time. We also saw a great need for Bible work in every church we attended and realized the truth of Jesus’ words, “The harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few.” We prayed He would send us to the harvest. We resigned our jobs, and applied to AFCOE in 2007. The four months of training flew by with our minds brimming with gems of what we had learned in the science of soul-winning.

In working with churches after we attended AFCOE, we observed a great need and desire for the members to be trained as Bible workers and evangelists themselves. Did you know that if each church member gave just one Bible study a week, it could completely replace one or two full-time Bible workers?

We also knew that the involvement of the congregation was the real key to success in evangelism. It was the church members who had the connections with the people in the community—whether they were neighbors, co-workers, or people they saw every week at the grocery store or post office. And it was the church members who would still be there in the community, long after we left. So church training became a real burden on our hearts, and it has become a main part of our evangelism focus.

In 2010, I simultaneously trained two churches, fitting in as much of our AFCOE training as I could into nine classes taught over the course of several weeks. The training included learning how to give a Bible study, how to lead someone to Christ, going door-to-door, doing bridge events, transforming church culture into an atmosphere of continuous evangelism, preaching soul-winning sermons, retaining new believers, and even how to teach others to do Bible work. In little time, there were 32 Bible studies being conducted by church members, and within just a few months, there were several baptisms.

We have seen this concept of multiplication take off in other ways as well. At the end of one of my first training classes, a young man named Alex, from the islands of Vanuatu, came to me and said, “Brother Gabe, if you came here for no other reason, it was for me.” Alex returned to Vanuatu a few months later and began conducting evangelism training classes right away. He’s trained two groups of church members and recently held a series of meetings in which 18 people committed their lives to Christ. Praise God!

One of the greatest works to be done now for our churches is the education and training of the laity. “The work of God in this earth can never be finished until the men and women comprising our church membership rally to the work, and unite their efforts with those of ministers and church officers” (Ellen White, Testimonies, Vol. 9, p. 117).

Friends, reaching people for the kingdom of heaven is the most important work in the universe. Reaching even one brings joy to our Savior’s heart and makes all of heaven rejoice. But this is something we won’t be able to do for Jesus once we get to heaven. This greatest joy that we can give to our Lord can only happen here and now, as this is where the battle is fought and decisions are made for eternity.

Won’t you join His army too?
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