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Practical Church Planter Training Book 1

Practical Church Planter Training Book 1

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What is the ultimate end toward which God is working? The answer can be called "Z"—the end result of
what God ultimately wants for a nation, region, city, village, or neighborhood. To work towards that end
means knowing clearly what "Z" is. The Bible makes it clear that God’s love is for the whole world (Jn
3:16). In writing to Timothy, Paul emphasized the need to pray for all men because "This is good and
pleases God our Savior, Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth" (1Ti
2:3-4). Peter also writes concerning this, “He [the Lord] is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance" (2Pe 3:9).

If God wants all people to come to repentance, shouldn't this be our desire as well? Can we possibly be
used by God to mobilize others toward this end? What would happen if all the Christians in a country,
region, city, village or even a neighborhood were completely convinced that God wanted everyone there
to know Him and see Christians living like Jesus in their midst? (1Pe 2:12).

Manual One

Lesson 1: “Z” Thinking

SCP Vision

Jan 2000

The Alliance for Saturation Church Planting - Omega Course

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The balance of Scripture indicates that not all will be saved. Our sovereign God alone knows who will be
saved. The task of the Church is to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to hear the Gospel.

Before going further, ask yourself these questions:

• What does God want for __________? (my nation, region, city, village, or neighborhood). Write the
answer in one paragraph.

• How does my answer above affect my ministry? Does what I am currently doing reflect what I
believe God wants?
It is easy to see how "Z" thinking can effectively describe the vision and define the tasks for any ministry.

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