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Summary: Paul’s goal in visiting various churches: To encourage and strengthen the saints so that they may stay true to the Lord and be effective witness. And to finish taking up the collections for the needy believers in Jerusalem.

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Introduction

Illustration:

A Missionary in Africa was once asked if he really liked what he was doing. His response was shocking. "Do I like this work?" he said. "No, my wife and I do not like dirt. We have reasonably refined sensibilities. We do not like crawling into vile huts through goat refuse...But is a man to do nothing for Christ he does not like? God pity him, if not. Liking or disliking has nothing to do with it. We have orders to ’go’ and we go. Love constrains us."

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Tertullian, arrested for his faith, stood before the judge and said, "Sir, the majority in every village [in North America] are followers of Jesus Christ."

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Paul’s goal in visiting various churches:

1. His main purpose was to encourage and strengthen the saints so that they may stay true to the Lord and be effective witness.

2. To finish taking up the collections for the needy believers in Jerusalem. (Rom. 15:25-27)

The greatest task of a successful Missionary are the following:

1. Prepare himself to work effectively in the place of assignment.

A. Make a clearcut goal

B. Accomplish the goal

2. Preach the Gospel wherever and whenever people gathered together.

3. Visit church members from time to time and give them advises.

4. Teach believers of their responsibility in the Body of Christ.

5. Train potential leaders in the ministry.

A. To be his partners in the ministry

B. To prepare them take charge of the charge when he leave the place

6. Maintain a line of communication with the leaders.

A. When he is with them - converse

B. When he is not with them - writings

7. Resolve problems personally with the churches to maintain healthy relationships.

A. Negative-

1. Never consult outsiders

2. Never get opinion from backsliders

B. Positive-

1. Ask opinion from church leaders

2. Initiate peace dialogue and reconciliation with the opponents

3. Advice Church members to put everything in an order manner

8. Get ready to the Church.

A. After the goal is achieved

b. After the Church is established.


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