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Reaching a City for Christ Is an Inadequate Vision And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us (Acts 16:9). The Macedonian Call was not to plant a church in a city. Macedonia is not a city; it is a region in the northeastern part of the Greek peninsula. In response to this vision, Paul crossed over into Europe and founded churches in Macedonia at Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea (Acts 16:11–17:13). The Macedonian Call was to evangelize an entire region. If we would evangelize our world, we must expand our focus. Establishing one church in a city is but a small step in God’s plan. There are many cities all over the United States that do not have independent Baptist churches. In Los Angeles County alone, there are over 50 incorporated areas without an independent Baptist church. We must get a vision for multiplying churches. At our current rate of starting new churches, we are still diminishing in overall numbers due to church closings and population growth. How can we plant more churches? In short, if we will focus on trying to reproduce ourselves, we can accomplish much more than we are currently accomplishing. Waiting for Others to Come Is an Inadequate Vision Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest (Luke 10:2). It is true that we need laborers to go to the harvest fields. The Lord instructed us to pray for more help in reaching the world. Where will these laborers come from? What did the early disciples do to find them? They certainly did not wait for a Bible college to send them. They looked to the harvest field to find more laborers! The potential laborers to plant churches in the next towns and around the world are the converts of your ministry! We will still find laborers for the harvest from the fruit of the harvest. God has ordained that all things reproduce in kind. Christians must reproduce Christians. Churches must reproduce churches. And pastors must reproduce pastors. Let us encourage men in our churches to consider the need of world evangelism. Let us pray that God will raise them up as laborers for the harvest. Paul’s oft quoted instruction to Timothy is not primarily about individual discipleship; it is about pastors reproducing pastors. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2). We can accomplish much for God’s glory. Do not let a small vision hinder what God can do through us to reach the world with the Gospel!