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Do you know one possible reason that the underground church grew in China? And I’m not thinking persecution, which is the normal answer. One answer: Because of the communist government made it happen.
I have been told this (and I am looking for people who can comfirm this to be the case): That the communists knew groups were meeting and tolerated them. And monitored them. When a church grew to about 30, they said –
"Look, its OK that you meet, but you can’t have that many. It is potentially subversive."
So they were required to split in two. And therefore they grew and grew, splitting, and multiplying. And they knew each other, and kept each other accountable. I don’t know what this all means for us. We are more than 30 at Christ Church NYC. And we are more than 150 (See previous post).
I guess it will mean starting a new service. (For my non-NYC readers, we are planting a new congregation on April 1st).
Let’s get shrewd and keep thinking about our next congregation / church plant.
V9 (the second thing to learn) coming in a little while...