Milestone

Posted: November 5, 2014 in Church Start-Up
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We’ve reached a milestone in our church planting adventure, and it reached down to the core of our DNA…

After a year of thinking about it, we have selected a name for our church.

The name is…

(Oh, why restate everything, here is the announcement)

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When it comes to the big questions of life (like who are we, where did we come from, and what is our role in the universe), there is a wrong way and a right way to discover truth. Some have proposed that we accept only truth statements that are scientifically based. This may seem like a reasonable start, except for the fact that the statement itself is not scientifically based, and therefore disqualifies itself. So, are we back to square one? Not at all! There is a way we can discover truth.

loveJust like military leaders in combat, spiritual leaders must know and accept their mission. This is difficult because we tend to focus on “secondary missions,” which are usually more tangible. Secondary missions are important things like running a business, serving in church, loving your family, or leading a small group. The danger is that secondary missions can become idolatry when not kept in proper relationship to the primary mission: loving God and loving our neighbor. When the mission is properly understood, spiritual leaders give themselves to God in all things – the business, the church, the family, the small group, or any other noble endeavor.

[Reflect on how Joanna, the wife of Chuza, may have understood the mission. What secondary missions could she have had?]

With SwordReflection #3: Spiritual leaders will face opposition.

Scripture tells us that we are at war against “powers and principalities.” So, not only do we constantly face spiritual situations but we are operating in a spiritual war zone. Moses, Elijah, and King David recognized spiritual reality and exercised leadership in their context. Their leadership was intentional, spectacular, and visible. But they are not the only spiritual leaders in the Scripture. Joanna (the wife of Chuza), Joseph of Aremathea, and the Good Samaritan maneuvered well their physical/spiritual context and exercised spiritual leadership in practical ways.

In a place where having a church building is not allowed by the governing authorities, the church goes “underground.” When this happens, “the church” is associated with a group of believers rather than with a specific place one goes to on the weekend. The Apostles were traveling preachers who started “groups of believers” out of people who were not. Many times they stayed in one place for a long time to make sure the “body of believers” would thrive and multiply (i.e. start more “body of believers” groups).

For more insight see 5 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches.