Meetings in Barcelona – Update

Our visits with the church are going well. We meet each night for Bible study and stay around to visit, talk and know one another.  On a busy weeknight it takes about 45  – 50 minutes for us to get to the meeting place. Half of that time is spent on the Metro system.

It was even colder last night than the photo would suggest. We were quite ready to get underground and out of the wind.

Walking to the meeting place in Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Walking to the meeting place in Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Several in the congregation have commented on the difficulty of numerical growth.  It has not been for a lack of effort. As Jesus described in the Parable of the Sower, all we can do is spread the seed of the Word. What happens afterward is largely determined by a person’s own heart.

I spoke last night on how we should measure growth in a church. It is not simply a matter of conversions. The Bible instructs us to grow in love, in grace, in knowledge, in understanding, in patience, in truth, in self-control, in virtue, in kindness… among other qualities. If we focus primarily on numbers, we may overlook a larger aspect of evangelism.  Many of Paul’s travels took him to churches that were already established. His evangelism in those places aimed to strengthen, encourage and build up those who had obeyed the Gospel. A small church consisting of strong, mature Christians may be a brighter light than a large congregation lacking such strength in its members.

Some of the Christians we meet with in Barcelona

Some of the Christians we meet with in Barcelona

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About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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2 Responses to Meetings in Barcelona – Update

  1. Marshal says:

    Luke:

    Greetings from Eastside Church of Christ in Bowling Green, KY. Glad to see that your
    trip to Spain has gone well. Best wishes for a safe trip home and further success in the future. I know the Lord appreciates all the work you’re doing for Him. Keep it up.

    All the Best,

    Marshal Ray

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