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Ask the question and pastors everywhere will flock to hear the answer. I thank God for the books, studies and seminars that have been devoted to this burning issue. But I also fear, lest many of my colleagues imagine that they can improve on the finality of what God has already said, and the reality of what God has done in the past and He can do again.

To start with from Scriptural text, Paul the Apostle remind us that when in Corinth, he “planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” (1 Corinthians 3:6).  Genuine growth is a divine work. We can manipulate numbers in the church, but only God can multiply members in the body.

I have been impressed and excited all over again with Luke’s account of the early days of the church. Take a concordance and look up such words as “thousands”, “increase”, “multiplied”, “numbers” and “multitudes” and see what the Bible means by church growth. A careful examination of these opening chapters reveals that there were at lest seven Spirit-controlled activities that characterized those Pentecostal days.
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