Rapid Spontaneous Expansion Of The Church
Rapid Spontaneous Expansion happens when new believers must upon receiving Christ and being filled with the Holy Spirit began come into an understanding that they can without any further assistance from anyone else, not only bring their friends and neighbors into the kingdom of God. Upon the acceptance of Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit desires for them to instantaneously to be fuel for the explosion as the Holy Spirit Lead guides and instructs them as they go.
This life giving anointing of the Holy Spirit is imparted to the believer with great expectancy that the Spirit will then lead and guide and propel each and every believer into obeying our Lords command to go into all the world and make disciples of the nations. Upon receiving Christ and being baptized in the Holy Spirit they began to understand that they have become fully equipped by the Holy Spirit with all spiritual power and authority needed to fulfill their calling.
This must come about early on that they can begin to see that they can easily multiply themselves without any necessary outside help. While others may be used by God in a new church plant for a brief season for initial impartation of the Life and Spirit of God, they are to be regarded only as initial planters of the seed. The removal of the seed planters in the near future will not at all injure the plant from coming into maturity nor deprive it of anything necessary for its unlimited expansion. Only in such a way will it began to be possible for the church to grow rapidly and securely over entire cities and countries.
Just what is meant by the spontaneous expansion of the church?
It is the expansion which follows the outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God upon a gathering of believers that is uninitiated by human effort or organized activity. Rather it is individual body members of Jesus Christ receiving instruction from their Head Jesus Christ. These body members by the unction and instruction of the Holy Spirit begin to move together as they carry the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ that they themselves have received.
It is the expansion which follows the irresistible attraction that others find in followers of Jesus who are filled love, power, joy, contentment and the holiness of God. This causes those who are looking on to be drawn to Him by a longing to discover the secret of a life which they instinctively desire to share. As a result new church plants spontaneously spring up as the wind of the Holy Spirit blows upon their lives.
For the most part the gospel will spread through the native people of the land. India may be evangelized by Indians, China by Chinese, Africa by Africans, each country by its own followers of Christ filled with and empowered by the love of God shed abroad in their hearts. Local gatherings in homes rather than trying to build large and expensive structures will be the norm. This will prepare the way for the rapid evangelization of an entire country by the free spontaneous activity of believers. The success will be measured not so much by the number of foreign missionaries, or by the number of believers, as by the growth of a church in the power of the Christ within each local. From the beginning believer will be encouraged to instinctively share out of their own living experience of the Christ within them as they hear His voice and obey. He will lead them, He will guide them, He will tell them what to do.
The church which will expand in a spontaneous manner will do so because of whose she is and what she has become in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. He alone will be her all in all. The Holy Spirit whom He has sent to her will take those things which are His and will reveal them unto her. These instruction will often come in the way of visions, dreams, and by hearing the voice of the Spirit within. Since He is her sole source of Life she will by virtue of His Life Within her be Self-extending, Self-supporting and Self-governing or it could be said Spirit-extended, Spirit-supported and Spirit-governed. His bride needs nothing other than Himself to teach her, strengthen her, and support her.
The church is never to be dependent in any sense upon ministry or money derived from some outside source. Consequently, a distinction in our hearts and minds must be made between what has been seen in most modern missions groups which rely upon support by foreign funds and foreign ministry teams for both foundational teaching and administrative work. Once a church has begun in this fashion it will never be a self-supporting, self-governing and self-extending church apart from the foreign missionary pastors, oversight and funding. A tree will grow unto the likeness of the seed from which it has been planted.
The Holy Spirit used Paul and other apostles in the early church to empower churches by the impartation of the power of the Holy Spirit. He then spent a certain amount of time demonstrating the life of God within His life by living among them for a brief season. He would then put that group of newly formed believers into the hands of their Lover and friend Jesus who by the Holy Spirit would continue to form His bride into the person she was to become.
This local spontaneous gathering of believers in the eyes of many may resemble little of what they think the church should be. This makes no difference; if the Spirit is in fact building the house then nothing can or will stand against it. If the Lord Jesus is establishing His church then He will through the Holy Spirit raise up from within it the needed wisdom and leaders who will serve, love and encourage one another.
Others have said that there is no biblical authority for the spontaneous expansion of the church in this manner and that those who would pursue the leadership of the Holy Spirit in this way are simply trying to create a new type of church life. It is only a new type to them because of the Spirit led and Spirit built church is something unknown to the modern church with all of it's programs, schemes and organizationalism. The wonderful movement of Holy Spirit in a spontaneous kingdom growth atmosphere is not in harmony with the vision of what they perceive church is to be. Most who have come to such cynical type of thinking have themselves never experienced the rich life and depths of love and power that is produced in a community of believers raised up and taught by the Holy Spirit in this way. A few of these who have been privileged see this extraordinary life of the Spirit released in believers lives have either tried to buy it so that they could label it as their own or they have seen it as such a threat to their own little kingdoms that they become self-appointed kingdom cops with a so called ministry to warn others against such practices and condemn that which cannot be controlled by them.
If the first groups of native believers are not fully equipped to multiply themselves without the assistance of a foreign missionary, they will always find themselves waiting upon him to take each step. This slows the progress and causes them to be dependent upon him to open new churches, to provide superintending, to provide missionaries and funding. Within that model lies sterility. If the first groups of native believers are not Spirit filled and Spirit equipped then the church will not multiply by the Spirit. Rather it must always be waiting upon a foreign missionary or missions board before it can make a move. This is bondage. For years and generations they find that they must accept this bondage and sooner or later they will awake and they will without fail began to feel resentment. Any native individual will in the end resent most bitterly the attempt to establish the Faith in their country by men who took it for granted that they must control and direct their spiritual life and progress. They will resent the domination of foreign mission boards and superintending missionaries.
They have been taught that denominations are essential to the church; they are also taught that pastors are necessary for the teaching and administration of the church. Usually they insist that a pastor must be well studied with years of training with a large salary, and they insisted that they were not sufficiently educated to be pastor. At rare intervals they ordained some of them, but they never put them into a position to start other churches without approval from their hierarchy. Thus they kept all spiritual authority in their own hands. Why should all spiritual authority be vested in them? They cannot claim that they are following the Apostles in this: they cannot claim that they are obeying a command of Christ. They are simply in bondage to their own traditions; for they must know that the church will not advance without leaders of its own." Regardless of how noble they are in character, however considerate in their action, however gentle their manner, this is still felt. No church counc