Speaker: Pastor Travis Fox
Date: February 04, 2018
Everyone wants their life to "count." We want our lives to matter. Think about it; we make lots of sacrifices to make a living, pursue that significant other, potentially have some kids and make our mark in this life. There seems to be a lot of blood, sweat, and tears involved. But how do we measure our success? How can we know that we are living a life that will make a difference? What if all the "ladder climbing" we've done in life has been pointless because our ladder has been on the wrong wall? Good news for you, there is a way you can know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that your life can have significance! You can live a life worth living! How? Join us for our new series this January - Life Worth Living.
Big Idea: We live as Christians who strive to plant gospel-centered churches locally, regionally and globally.
Statement: We live as Christians who joyfully obey Jesus' command to plant new churches. We recognize that no church has spontaneously appeared out of thin air, but is a result of faithful Christians throughout history seeking to obey the Great Commission. This means that every church in existence was at some point planted, thereby making every Christian a part of a church plant. Jesus has commanded us not just to make disciples, but to baptize. Baptism symbolically expresses a person's union with Christ through faith as well as their belonging to Jesus' body, the church. In light of this, we understand that every Christian indwelled by the Holy Spirit has been commissioned by Jesus to either join new church plants or generously send new church plants. There is no third option. We strive to do this locally through the Grace Point Church Collective, regionally through Acts 29 West and globally through Acts 29 Europe.
Tim Keller - “To put it simply, the multiplication of churches is as natural in the book of Acts as the multiplication of individual converts.” (Center church p. 356)
Matt. 28:18-20 (ESV) - 18And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
I Cor. 12:12-13 (ESV) - 12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
Acts 1:8 - 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Steve Timmis says, “The Holy Spirit creates missionaries. As soon as He calls someone into the kingdom, as soon as He regenerates someone with life in Jesus, He has created a missionary.”
Acts 2:41 (ESV) - 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Francis Chan and Tony Merida write…Why plant churches? The Great Commission points to church planting. When Jesus told the disciples to baptize and teach all nations, these commands pointed to church planting. Baptism is about people identifying not only with Christ but also with the body of Christ. In Acts 2 people are saved and baptized, and the church forms. They are also taught within the context of a church.
Acts 11:19-20 (ESV) - 19Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus.
Acts 8:1-4 (ESV) - 1And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. 3But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. 4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
Acts 11:26 (ESV) - 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.
J.W. Alexander says, “Each instant of present labor is to be graciously repaid with a million ages of glory.”
Jonathan Edwards writes, “Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs.”
I Cor. 1:11-13; (ESV) -11For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12What I mean is that each one of you says, "I follow Paul," or "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Cephas," or "I follow Christ." 13Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
I Cor.3:1 (ESV) -1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
Peter Wagner, writes, “Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.”