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Discipleship, Small Groups and the Miracle of Multiplication

January 20, 2009

I remember when we could fit all our Victory
small group leaders in the tiny function room on the top of St. Francis
Square – with plenty of space left over. That was about 15 years ago
and St. Francis Sq only seated 100 – sardine style. I think we had
about 50 small groups then.

Aahhhh – the miracle of multiplication. (ie: doing the same thing over and over for a long time.)

Three
days ago I stood on the stage at Manila’s PhilSports Arena and spoke to
over 6000 of our volunteer ministers during our Mega-Manila “Discipleship
Convergence
.”

My 10-minute message was simple:
Vision
for ministry got me to the Philippines for a 1-month summer mission
trip in 1984. But compassion for lost and hurting people kept me here
for 25 years.

I really don’t think I would have stuck
with it just for the sake of the vision. But I did for the people Jesus
died for. Vision is important, but it is not enough. If we have vision for growth, but do not have compassion for people, we become a lifeless spiritual assembly line.

Jesus gave his life for people, not for vision. We should too.

Paul said it like this: Christ’s love compels us… (2 Cor 5:14)

Here are pix of our '09 Victory-Manila Discipleship Convergence.

The “Miracle of Multiplication” takes time, and consistency. Try it, for a decade or two and you’ll see.

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