Monday, January 30, 2012

On the need for pastoring:

"Since Christ offered his infinitely valuable life for these sheep, it is a great sin against him when we watch over them with a lazy eye or fail to fight the ravenous wolves or neglect to seek out sheep that have wandered away! What Christ values, we must value."

-Darrin Patrick

Monday, January 23, 2012

This should greatly humble us for all our sins, that they have been committed under the eye of God, which argues either a disbelief of his omniscience or a contempt of his justice.
- Matthew Henry on Ps 51:4

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Your first calling is not to be a pastor but to be a Christian.

- Darrin Patrick, Church Planter (just finished this book, so I'll be listing some of his good quotes here. Good read with some very good points to be made.)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
-Robert Frost

Saturday, January 7, 2012

For those considering a call to ministry:
"Ask yourself again and again whether you would preach for Christ if you were sure to lay down your life for so doing? If you fear the displeasure of a man for doing your duty now, assure yourselves you are not yet thus minded."
- George Whitefield

Monday, January 2, 2012

One more (big) reason to plant churches

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matt 22:36-40

How do we live these out? That's a question with a whole bunch of answers, but the more I think about it, the more I think there is one profound way to live these commandments out at the same time:

Planting churches.

How do we love our God? A right relationship between the creator and the creature is one of worship. To say it simply, God deserves to be worshipped and it's just right that we should give that worship.

How do we love our neighbors? We build them up and encourage them in that right relationship with God. To the Christian and non-Christian alike, we proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and point them along the path of their salvation.

What accomplishes both these things? Church planting.

Church planting establishes the worship God commands and deserves. Church planting is the most effective and dynamic spread of the gospel, gathering Christians into our Lord's great commission and calling the non-Christian to the hope and glory of the gospel.

Want to love your God? Want to love your neighbor? Then let's go get some churches planted.