Using the Scriptures, those who serve God will be prepared and will have everything they need to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:17 ERV
Training makes the difference.
- It’s through training that struggling churches begin to thrive and impact their communities.
- It’s through training that believers—even in the harshest, most remote and ignored places—discover the significance of their faith to draw them closer to their Savior as they share the Gospel.
- It’s through training that new believers—those who are characteristically bold, unapologetic, and sincere—are empowered to reach others as they eagerly share the story of their transformed life with others. They are the most natural evangelists, if trained and equipped with God’s Word to help others discover new life in Jesus Christ.
Training makes the difference, and training is the heart of Philip Acts 8™ (Project Philip) evangelistic and discipleship Bible studies.
Believers in under-resourced churches—some facing isolation or intense poverty, others the unwanted attention of persecution, those long ignored and those new to faith in Jesus Christ—receive training to share their faith with family, neighbors, and their communities. They are guided through an interactive Bible study which builds on reading God’s Word with others and helping those who have never heard or never understood the Gospel respond with faith in Jesus Christ. As Philip helped the traveler in Acts 8, this training makes new Philips today.
Ministry in Zambia today gives a good picture of the importance of training. With over 60% of its population younger than 25 years of age, and more than 70 ethnic groups spread throughout remote areas, there is growing discontent and confusion among the poor and neglected. Believers in under-resourced churches realize it is imperative to reach this next generation with the message of new life in Jesus Christ. So, in 2017 almost 4,000 believers will be trained and equipped so they can share God’s Word with clarity and passion.
And here’s how it is happening today: An orphan since age 7 in a rural area of Zambia, Gloria survived a troubled childhood of neglect, poverty, and an early marriage that turned abusive. That’s when a caring neighbor intervened. “She invited me to attend Philip Acts 8™ training,” Gloria says, “and that’s where I heard the Gospel for the first time. I accepted Jesus as my Savior, and now I am a Philip and not just a Gloria,” she says with a smile, “and I’ve started a Bible study in my own house.” And stories like this can be told about every village, barrio, city, community, and neighborhood you help reach through this ministry.
Training and equipping believers with God’s Word—who are then able to help others understand and believe—provides a future of ministry and greater reach of the Gospel in the community. This is why training makes the difference. And this is why your partnership in this ministry is so important today.
Philip Acts 8™ training in Bangladesh
Students in South Africa study Philip Acts 8™
A Philip Acts 8™ Bible study group meets in Peru