Reaching “all of Asia”

Acts 19:10 says that everyone in Asia had heard the gospel. That is an amazing statement in view of the fact that this was an area the size of the state of Georgia. This was before printing, the internet, radio, or television. With all our strategies and technology, we rarely reach that level of saturation. What was their strategy?

This story began in an unconventional way in Acts 16. Paul wanted to go to Asia to preach the gospel and the Holy Spirit said “no.” Imagine God keeping someone from the mission field. Instead, Paul went over to Greece and started four churches. It was a couple of years later that he finally got to Asia, and even then he only stayed a couple of weeks.

So what happened?

Between Acts 19:10 and Acts 16, the only hint we get as to why he was able to saturate Asia with the gospel is that he engaged in two training programs. One was with Priscilla and Aquila and the other was the school of Tyrannus. One was non-formal education, and the other appears to be formal education. Training others to do the ministry multiplied efforts to the extent that everyone was reached with the gospel.

This argues strongly for the importance of equipping others. Training leaders is the key to getting things done. That is what leaders do; they get things done. So if there is not enough “getting done” then there needs to be more leaders.

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