Ministry Strategy of Paul

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MINISTRY STRATEGY OF PAUL

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A Paper
Submitted to
The Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

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In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for the Course
Discipleship Ministries
DSMN 500

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By
16 September, 2012

Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION......................................................................................................................4 II. TEACHING…………...............................................................................................................4 III. CORRESPONDENCE............................................................................................................5 IV. DEMONSTRATING………………………………………………………………………...5 V. RESOURCES…………………………………………………………………………………6 VI. CONCLUSION………………………………………………………………………………7 REFERENCE LIST.......................................................................................................................8

INTRODUCTION
When one views the life of the Apostle Paul in the New Testament it is evident that he had a heart to disciple others. The evidence at hand identified Paul as more than an individual who had doctrinal knowledge, for he was the quintessential model for living out the standards of Christian behavior. In his letter to the Church of Philippi Paul encourage them to “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” When reviewed, this verse can be seen as Paul’s core strategy for ministry, and is integral for the ministry of disciple makers to come. Paul incorporated teaching, corresponding, and demonstrating as a three pronged process to dispatch his message.  It is important to grasp how Paul utilized these techniques, so one would better understand how these methods are keystones in the disciple making process for modern churches. TEACHING

Following his conversion after his Damascus Road experience, Paul began the process of disciple making by teaching.  Upon arrival to a city throughout his travels, Paul would first seek out local synagogues and begin to teach.  During Paul’s first journey following his conversion he came to Pisidian Antioch it is apparent as to the message that he would teach when at the synagogue he addresses “Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God” (Acts 13:16). In this address, which is the first recording of any semblance of a sermon he follows a basic course of action that he will replicated throughout his journeys. The course of action of first addressing the Jewish populace, and then speak to the gentiles was one of divine intervention, for Paul states "We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us” (Acts 13:46-47). Teaching utilizing this course of action was very effective, for Luke pens “The word of the Lord spread through the whole region” (Acts 13:49). The discipleship process was very important to Paul, for he knew there needed to be something more than conversion. There are times in churches today where an individual comes into a relationship with Jesus Christ and is baptized, but then they are left to fend for themselves. Paul utilized this teaching time to provide direction consistent with Christian behavior, which he furthered through the use of correspondence to bodies of believer’s where he teach, encourage, and chastise them for their actions. CORRESPONDENCE

In a time where broad communication and travel were slow, written correspondence was the most effective way to corresponding a message to a vast audience without being present. As previously stated Paul utilized this form of communication to teach, encourage, and chastise. A key indicator that written communication was important to Paul and his ministry can be easily viewed in the New Testament, for Paul’s work make up...
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