Church planting is not an end in itself. We keep our foot on the pedal of church planting because we want to get somewhere.
We talk about church planting, preach about church planting, pray about church planting, write about church planting—we even sing about church planting—all because we have a destination in mind.
What is that destination? The glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. That’s what church planting is about. We want to see Jesus magnified by intentionally multiplying churches around the world.
That’s why a diverse, global family like Acts 29 exists: to see the earth filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14). What better way to do this than plant churches that proclaim the gospel in the darkest places of the world?
Church planting isn’t easy. It’s far from glamorous. It’s not a formula that promises a desired outcome. But the church is glorious because she is the bride of Christ. He guarantees her ultimate triumph (Matt. 16:18). So we can press on, even amid all the difficulties, because our confidence is in him.
Today we have Lucas Parks and Andrew Elder with us to discuss church planting in Northern Ireland.
You can listen to this podcast episode here.