Why Church Planting?-Part 2
October 9, 2016
In the previous post, we looked at why church planting is important and why we should support church plants. The reality is that the future of the church is dependent upon the establishment and continuation of church plants. There are several reasons for this. In the majority of the New Testament, Paul and the other apostles wrote letters to new churches. For instance, in 1 Corinthians, Paul addresses various groups of believers in the city of Corinth which existed after Christ's earthly ministry. In Acts 1:8, Jesus commissioned the apostles to spread the gospel to the Roman world. This commission started a chain reaction which revolutionized the empire. Their letters were and are incredibly influential in the lives of believers both in the first century church and in the church today.
Follow the Leader
We must follow the model of the early apostles in the establishing and nurturing of church plants. One reason for this is it is commanded in the Bible. From the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–20 and Acts 1:8, Jesus commands us, not just the apostles, to spread the Gospel to the world-the message of Christ and him crucified (1 Cor. 1:23). Our method is evangelism, which includes both living for Christ and speaking of Christ to those who are spiritually dead. God uses the means of our evangelism to bring salvation to those who are spiritually lost. This is also the motivation for missions. Our world is spiritually lost, morally depraved and in desperate need of a Savior. Jesus is the only means of salvation (John 14:6). When the lost are saved, we have the obligation to plug them into existing churches. Where there are no churches present we are commanded to establish them. How else will new believers grow in their faith? Not every Christian is called to church planting. But every Christian is called to reach people with the Gospel. One sure way to reach the lost is supporting church plants. As mentioned in the previous post, there are different types of church plants: a brand-new church plant, an extension of an existing church, and a dying church being revitalized. Every church, no matter how big or small, can be involved in church planting.
Here are several reasons why to support church planting:
It is the natural byproduct of The Great Commission.
It is the future of the church.
It gives hope to existing churches.
It empowers local and international missions, reaching people where they are.
And finally, it revives dying churches.
Are you investing in church planting? If not, why not?
Get involved today! Reach out to local plant pastors and begin praying for and supporting them. Here is a link to my church’s website, The Good Shepherd Church, a new church plant. Contact me or Pastor Brad Nally about getting involved with our ministry.
Considering becoming a church planter? Here is a great article on qualifications to become one: