The following thought-provoking one liners come from the pre-conference sessions at the World House Church Conference in India, as shared by Felicity Dale on her blog Simply Church. They are from talks given by the leader of a church planting movement that baptized more than 300,000 on the Day of Pentecost in 2009. Worth taking note!
Jesus never said, "Be baptized." He said, "You baptize."
You disciple--you baptize.
Jesus baptized Peter--but only his feet.
You will not see a movement without signs and wonders. Ninety five percent of our house churches have signs and wonders.
Apostolic teaching is the teaching to GO.
There are 19 commands of Jesus to be found in the New Testament. All lead to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Hospitality is the secret to precipitating a movement.
Sit and soak, and you stagnate. Eat and chat and you will multiply.
Goat prayers are "meeee" prayers. They focus on me and my needs, my family and my situation.
Use the newspaper headlines as your prayer list.
Theologians think, not from Genesis to Revelation but from genetics to evolution.
We need a problem-based theology. In our house churches we solve problems--finances, sickness etc.
So, which of the above grabs your attention? For me the ones that speak loudest are the ones about baptism. Mainly, because, this is an issue we deal with regularly in our own trainings. I am convinced if we could accept the above statement, "You disciple--You baptize" we would see a Church Planting Movement in Ecuador.