"Then those who willingly received his word were baptized, and on the same day about three thousand people were added to them." Acts 2:41
The supernatural is required for the church to have rapid expansion. It will take a lot of effort to do evangelism without the help of the supernatural. It's not that we don't want to evangelize; we do, but we've tried and failed in the past. When I first became General Overseer, I was so eager to see the church grow that I attempted every legal tactic I could think of to make it happen.
I went to various church growth workshops, including two trips to Korea after hearing about David Yongi Cho's church's explosive expansion. Local and international speakers were also invited to speak at our church. The audience would gather when such great men of God appeared, but they would vanish as soon as they went.
One day, when I was pleading to God, He commanded me to stop running here and there. He told me to run to Him and ask for the extraordinary, because most people will not believe unless they see it.
As we obeyed, the Lord began to do signs and wonders, and we quickly realized how readily the Holy Spirit could multiply everything, including the multitude.
The same one who performed the miracle in 2 Kings 4:1-7 reigns today. Do you know that Peter couldn't catch a fish for three and a half years, but when the Holy Spirit fell on him, he won 3000 souls in one sermon? That would take between 300 and 3000 sermons for some people to accomplish. The Holy Spirit is responsible for the church's growth. When He is present in your life, He can help you get more mileage out of your communications.
A single statement or word, backed by the Holy Spirit's anointing, can do far more than hours of sermons. As much as word of mouth, the mass media serves as a platform for communication.
However, if you use the media to disseminate information, you will be able to reach a larger audience more readily and quickly than if you spoke to them one-on-one. Similarly, a person who is filled with the Holy Spirit acts on a higher level than someone who is not. Do you rely on the Holy Spirit to help you expand your church, house fellowship, or group?
The Spirit of God is the only way to truly expand the church of God.
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