Don’t be Discouraged
Chances are if you’re trying to start new things for the Kingdom, you will face resistance. After all, Jesus warned us of in the parable of the Sower:
3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”No matter how barren or rocky the spiritual soil in your community or city is, God is capable bring new things to life (Mark 4:3-8).
We should listen to Jesus
I direct NewThing, a catalyst for movements of reproducing churches. We take our name from Isaiah 43:18-19:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Do you see it? Life springs from the desert, see, I am doing a new thing!
We forget that God has a penchant for creating; that he’s a God who very much loves the new and the vanguard. He created creation and that doesn’t mean he’s done.
The beautiful part of the story is that we are called to join with him in this great endeavor.
As we plant new churches, God creates life. The kingdom of God advances. The kingdom is alive and dynamic and all of us are called to start new communities.
The more gathering of people in the name of Jesus the more the Kingdom advances. Ours is a more game. God wants us to go deep of course, but not at the expense of going wide.
Movement will achieve the Jesus Mission. We can see movement if we take our responsibility to plant more churches seriously.
The truth is, we can all do something to help start new churches. And when we do we get the privilege of joining Him in his mission to set everything right again.
Where is God growing new things around you? What are you doing to cultivate them?
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