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Gospel-Centered Church Planting: Go Make Disciples

Today Scott Thomas spoke at the FIND conference in Charleston, South Carolina, on Gospel-Centered Church Planting. Get the full article here.

I want to talk to you about the way we approach church planting and the making of disciples. I don’t want to dazzle you; I want to talk to you as a church planter for 16 years and as a church-planting director of Acts 29 where we get to play in the sandbox and dream big.


Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Jesus did not say go make churches. He said go make disciples. Where disciples are gathered, churches are formed. But if we fail to focus on making disciples we will use them to build our church.


I am humbled at the churches being planted by and through Acts 29. I am thoroughly baffled at how many people visit our website and follow what we are doing; mystified that people smarter than us that ask us to consult with them. I love that we cannot attribute growth to any human effort. We owe it all to the gospel.


The gospel is good news.

  1. From the Gospel rises exaltation.
  2. From the Gospel incarnation grounds us deeply.
  3. From Exaltation flow two interpretations: grace & mission.
  4. From Incarnation flow two interpretation: faith & multiplication.



A disciple is a spirit-led follower of Jesus united with a gospel community on mission to all people for the glory of God. Acts 29 serves as a united community of pastors to encourage, rebuke, confront and celebrate the gospel being imaged through exaltation and incarnation.


Read the full article.