When you think church planter, you should think farmer, not rock-star. We plant, we toil, we labor, and we beg God for rain. There are seasons where the harvest is ripe and plentiful, and there are seasons where the opposite is true.
We should anticipate both hardship and happiness in the work of ministry.
Regarding his own toil, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:10: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”
Paul worked hard. But the wellspring of his hard work was not himself; rather, it was the sovereign grace of God.
So we praise God for his grace as we continue in this grind. It’s a grind that’s worth it because the church is glorious.
Adam Ramsey has experienced both trial and triumph in church planting. He comes from a family of church planters, and has a history of working in churches and church plants, both in the United States and also Australia.
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