WORD FOR TODAY by PASTOR JESUS FIGUEROA
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Friday, May 27
The Disciples Multiplied
Topic: In the Book Of Acts There Was A Multiplication Of Disciples
Series Of The Book of Acts
7 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Acts 6:7 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 6:7 (NLT) — 7 So God’s message continued to spread. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.
Acts 6:7 (MSG) — 7 The Word of God prospered. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased dramatically. Not least, a great many priests submitted themselves to the faith.
Acts 6:7 (NIV) — 7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
Thoughts of Devotion:
The church of Acts was a church that multiplied disciples, not only added, but multiplied! The Lord had commissioned them to make disciples. In Matthew 28:19-20 the Great Commission was given, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” They not only had large crowds, but there were men and women who were going through the process of discipleship.
It was not enough to only preach, but it was necessary to see disciples being raised up! The plan of the Holy Spirit was multiplication, and for this to take place there had to be an emphasis on discipleship. The passion of the first disciples was to reproduce and grow in numbers. They spent time and invested their lives in others as Acts 11:26 tells us, “And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” True Christians were being developed, and they were not only spectators, but they were part of the fulfilling the commission that Jesus had given them.
Today we need to see multiplication and church growth. But it will be necessary to invest in discipleship. The call is to make disciples of all nations! A church that disciples is a church that breaks growth barriers. This morning before we disciple anyone, we must be disciples that learn and grow spiritually. I ask you, who is investing in your life? Who are you accountable to in regards to your spiritual life? We cannot be effective in the work of the Lord ignoring the important issue of discipleship. God doesn’t want to only see crowds coming to Him, but He desires to see disciples! It is the disciples that are multiplying; it is the disciples who will complete the commission that Jesus has given us.
Acts 21:20 (NKJV) — 20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law;
Acts 14:22 (NKJV) — 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
Acts 16:5 (NKJV) — 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
Acts 11:26 (NKJV) — 26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
Acts 14:21 (NKJV) — 21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,
Acts 18:23 (NKJV) — 23 After he had spent some time there, he departed and went over the region of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.
Acts 20:7 (NKJV) — 7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.
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