It’s possible to plant a church and watch it grow without actually doing mission. But the church is called to “proclaim the excellencies of [God], who called [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9).
This is why we plant churches: to push back the darkness with the light of the gospel. And if church plants are to grow because of people actually coming to Christ, then church planters must be marked by missional living. That is, they must live with gospel intentionality in all of life.
If church planters don’t do this, we will see churches that remain largely insular. Not only is this unhealthy for the church, it’s also unbiblical. Faithful church planters will lead lives marked by gospel intentionality.
This is not an easy task, but gospel intentionality flows from our new gospel identity. So how do church planters live with such deliberateness for both the church and also the lost? I’m excited to have Shaun Cross with me today to discuss this question.