There are two reasons why we are posting (with permission) the following article which was first published in the magazine of a missions agency. Firstly, it’s about church planting in a muslim context. For many of us, this is an alien environment, and so we may easily pass it by as irrelevant. But the reality is, Islam needs to be seen as the new frontier for church planting. Secondly, it’s by a woman! For Acts 29 to display a healthy and vibrant complementarianism, we need to increasingly show the ways in which women play a critical role in church planting, not least as key members of church planting teams.
Why Bother: With Church Planting?
Amy lives and works on an Indian Ocean Island as part of a church planting team. We asked her, in the ...
By Jeff Vanderstelt
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One of the biggest mistakes I ever made in our church was seeking to be Jesus to our city. When we first started Soma, the church we planted in Tacoma, Washington, I opened the Scriptures to John 20:21 and read, “Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.’” Then I explained to our small core group we were going to discover together how God sent the Son and, in turn, how he was sending us into the city of Tacoma on mission. I made it my goal from that point on to teach the missional incarnation life of Jesus throughout the book of John and mobilize our team to live on mission every day. It was a ...
By Steve Timmis
Acts 29 is a single-issue network, and that issue is church planting. But it’s not the mere fact of planting churches, but also what kind of churches we plant. We are in the business of planting healthy churches. Which means that we are therefore in the business of watering those churches, all around the world. How do I know this? Because of 1 Corinthians 3, which is the closest we get in the Bible to a church planters manual!
Let’s take a brief look at it together.
In the first instance, it is this passage where the term ‘plant’ is actually used. Paul describes himself as having planted, cf. v.6.
The chapter also contains promises that give the soul of any church planter rest in the work of planting. We find rest in Paul’s ...
In the previous post we saw that the motivation for church planting in and engaging other nations outside our own is not primarily an act of benevolence, but an act of worship. This is principally because we want to participate with God in what he's been doing since the very beginning. As we have been blessed in Christ through the gospel, we want to be used to be a blessing to all nations that God might be glorified among the nations.
This is the second post to a series of three posts entitled: 3 Ways Engaging Other Nations Brings More Glory to God
Here are the related posts in this series:
Why do we Plant Churches Among the Unreached?
Engaging other nations shows His Power
Engaging other nations shows His Worth
Engaging other nations shows His Supr...
By Kevin Peck
Let me start by saying that the motivation for engaging other nations outside our own is not primarily an act of benevolence, but an act of worship.
Long before we can talk about a strategy for reaching all nations, we must have a conviction to reach all nations. We won’t ever arrive at proper designs until God gives us the proper desires.
From the first days of the garden, God’s plan for creation is clear. God’s creation is to be a place where God is honored and praised. It’s that simple. While we speak often of the countless benefits of his people, we know the primary design of man is to give God glory. This is nothing new for pastors of gospel-centered churches. We know this, we preach about this, we write volumes on this very topic. We ...