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1 Corinthians 3:5-6 (NET)
What is Apollos, really? Or what is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, and each of us in the ministry the Lord gave us. I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow.

When Jide became a pastor, his major concern was church growth. He wanted people to come in their numbers to the local church assembly he led. He was expecting growth and asking for growth, but wasn’t planting and watering. His idea of church growth was simply limited to numerical growth which was a result of creating a conducive worship environment for people who came by invitation to want to come back.

The method of growth he expected was one that took advantage of what others have planted. He was not making any effort to bring sinners into the kingdom of God. All his effort was focused at causing people who already believe to leave their churches and start coming to his own.

Before you can expect God to give increase to any work of ministry you do, there has to be planting, and there has to be constant watering.

You cannot separate real church growth from evangelism and active discipleship. It could be media (radio, television, print) or house to house evangelism, but there has to proper evangelism and proper discipleship for there to be proper church growth.

There is the increase that God gives and there is the false increase that man orchestrates. To receive the increase that God gives, the ministry must be involved in planting and watering.

Go into today remembering that soul winning and discipleship is the most important assignments of any local church assembly. The devil will always try to distract the church from the core assignments into focusing on other less important but high sounding things.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to show you how to properly plant and water so that His increase will come to every work He has entrusted you with.

—SD Abraham
YBR: Leviticus 1-3 (in today’s audio)
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