You Were Made To Reproduce (Why Are Multiplying Churches Necessary? Part 2)

You can check out Part 1 of “Why Are Multiplying Churches Necessary?” here.

“Jesus lives on in an apostolic Mission that advances by Church multiplication.” – Wolfgang Simson

While there a lot of reasons that multiplying churches are necessary, the fact that it’s necessary because it’s in your DNA isn’t probably the first thing you think of.  But if you stop for a moment and consider it, one of the most horrible things that can happen to a couple is that they are unable to have children.  A couple can be healthy, popular, wealthy and successful, and yet miserable because they are unable to have children.  They show us a fact the Bible already tells us: We were born to reproduce.

This reality goes all the way back to the very beginning of creation: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28).

There are two powerful concepts that are at play here, I’ll start with the most obvious one and then move the more subtle one.  First, when God created a man and a woman in the Garden, He did not put them there just to enjoy Paradise. His commission to Adam and Eve was to carry the very life of the Garden to the furthest reaches of the planet. This wasn’t to be done by them living forever and trekking across the entire planet (though they did live for almost a thousand years).  God’s plan for Adam and Eve to subdue the Earth was really quite simple: be fruitful and multiply. It was that easy.

The second principle is just as powerful.  These two humans were to be fruitful, multiply, and subdue the Earth, not because it was just the easiest way.  In reality, this reproduction that God called Adam and Eve to was a facet of God’s nature. It is like God to reproduce Himself.  And because it is like God to reproduce and He has put His likeness in us, we must reproduce because we are patterned after Him.

This is why Paul, the church multiplying king could write about the nature of Christ and say things like, “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all,” (Ephesians 1:22-23) Notice that it’s the nature of Christ to fill all things with Himself and He manifests that nature through us, His church.

How does this apply to us?  Multiplying isn’t something foreign to us as a church.  It’s part of our natural and spiritual DNA.  Just like the barren couple we started talking about, we will be frustrated in our lives and callings until we see successive generations of believers walk in the things Jesus called us to.  But if we multiply ourselves, if we multiply leaders, and if we multiply churches, we become true to the very DNA Jesus sowed into us from the very beginning.

Photo Credit: Mountain view with sheep by Julie_Berlin.

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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

2 responses to “You Were Made To Reproduce (Why Are Multiplying Churches Necessary? Part 2)”

  1. Sasquatch says :

    Interesting… so then could it be said that all of human history is a process whereupon God reproduces a family for Himself? Through our willing participation, of course.

  2. traviskolder says :

    Sasquatch

    Absolutely. God is always seeking to enlarge His family…from the very beginning. Our evangelism, then, isn’t just a function of the fall (meaning not until people were fallen and needed to be saved was God looking for a family). There’s actually something much deeper in God’s heart. He’s not lonely but He highly values family and He highly values expanding it.

    Thanks for the comment.

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