Is there a proper way to “plant” a New Testament church?


Who we are in Christ gives us not only the sense of who we are as people, but the sense of purpose and forgive me when I use this word, but also a sense of “destiny”. If the Lord is spreading the Kingdom through these simple church fellowships, surely there must be a way to measure the effective ones? Surely there are non negotiables, are there not?

There is a proper way to plant New Testament churches. It has to be the calling together of those who come together in relationship with Jesus, and to those others to which people are called to journey together. Jesus is the Lord of relationship, restoring relationship with God, and with other people. Part of that mandate, of calling people to community, to “being the church”, is to gather as family in community, and to gather with the intended purpose of furthering the rule of Christ in the lives of people, and in the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

The mission of being the church, flows directly from the relationship people have with Jesus. The deeper the relationship, and the more intimate, the greater the expression of the mission of the church. The foundation for planting a church is relationship, and the foundation for mission, for advancing the Kingdom, is still the relationship.

To God the relationships we have, and their quality has a direct being on the success of a church plant. Will people pursue their own agendas, or work though the issues as the issues arise? Or will they allow the issues to fester and to divide? Will people pursue the “one another’s” including the “love one another” and attempt to work out differences of opinion, differences in belief, differences in doctrine, or let these other things destroy what God is trying to build?

The bottom line according to Ephesians 4, and Romans 8, is that we are to be transformed from glory to glory into the image of Jesus Christ. The calling to the church, is to bear the character of Jesus, and when the believers are called to come together as a body, it is to express the life and character of Jesus in community, and out of that community, the gifts of the Spirit manifest themselves and the work of grace and truth and love is accomplished. So, I believe, there is a proper way to plant a New Testament church!

Blessings,
Sam

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About Sam Buick

A lover and disciple of Jesus Christ. Married to my best friend, Lori-Anne. Father to 3 incredible daughters, Carragh, Caitlin and Erinn, and sons-in-law Alex, and Stephen Davis. An avid reader, a Droid user, a Mac addict, a lover of footy ball and football (there is a difference), and hockey. Once a soldier. Once a youth worker. Once an ordained minister. Once a claims adjuster. Once a charismatic, now a cessationist. Once a just war advocate, now a pacifist. A disciple of Christ, 5 point classical Calvinist. There is only one way to God, and that is through Jesus Christ alone.
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