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CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT

“A Church Planting Movement is a Holy Spirit controlled process of rapid, multiple reproduction of indigenous churches among a specific people group so that every individual within that people group has opportunity to hear and respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ."

We’ve been busy in some villages we’ve established groups in. We’ve showed the Jesus film in the new villages, and have been discipling people to a point where they can understand why Jesus had to come to earth and why they need to make a life decision about Jesus. We’ve also done a water baptism with some Village believers, and have been trying to help them establish themselves as a community of believers, and been encouraging them that they have been given much by God, so they can give of themselves to others. All this is done through story telling and discussions which our HTC staff do each week. The next challenge will be identifying leaders for the groups and beginning to train them.

A farmer went out to sow his seed...

Most of you will know the parable Jesus told in Matthew 13 about the farmer who sowed his seed widely, and the different kinds of ground it fell on. Well, we’ve been feeling a bit like that farmer lately.

We’ve been sowing ‘seeds’ in a lot of different places, and at first it seemed like most had fallen on good soil. The various groups were doing well. However, over time hearts have been revealed, motives tested, and a whole spectrum of ‘grounds’ have been revealed.

...Some fell along the path, and birds came and ate it up (v4). There are those who came and listened to some of the initial series of stories, but perhaps didn’t understand, so they stopped coming.

...Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. The plants sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root (v5,6). Others came week after week, listened eagerly and responded to the message of salvation with joy. They decided to follow Jesus, but when trouble and persecution came, they fell away because they had no root.

...Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants (v7). Some people made a decision to follow Jesus, were baptised and became regular attendees at the various groups, but over time ‘the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth’ choked that seed, making if unfruitful.

It has been a discouraging experience, but very much the reality of sharing the Gospel and making disciples here in Cambodia. It has caused us to re-evaluate what we do and has helped us think about other ways of how we can more effective.

...Thankfully still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop - a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown (v8). We praise God that there are also those who have heard the Word and understood it, and experienced the reality of God in their lives, whether through answered prayer, healing, an encounter with evil spirits, or a transformed character. We trust that as we keep faithfully discipling and encouraging them, they will in time produce a crop far greater than what we sowed into them.

We have been reminded too of what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 that we can plant the seed and water it, but only God can make it grow. And so, we persevere.

 

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