Why Our Church Plant Will Grow to 1,000+ Quickly
Arrogant huh? Not really. Actually, not at all. God is laughing at our tiny dreams. Maybe even weeping at that title.I love Jesus. I love his church that he laid his life down for. I love that he called me to plant churches and reach the lost [before I was planting churches and instead was chasing bad guys in my cruiser around Columbus, OH].I also love that when the Holy Spirit shows up and incredible things happen that are beyond our control and imagination.
Acts 2 should not be our modelA, [scholars say maybe 15-20,000 people accepted baptism, the Spirit and a life of discipleship that day]…and that should not be our model? No. That is history. That is in the past. That was a great beginning, but we have so much more than they do!
I want to see everyone in heaven…don’t you? Then stop being so afraid of AUDACIOUS NUMBERS. Remember this:
EVERY NUMBER IS A NAME, and EVERY NAME IS AN ETERNITY.
That is why I am believing in audacious numbers, in audacious lives being changed, in audacious outpourings of that same Holy Spirit. It will not be because of myself, my gifting, or my hard work. It won’t be because we will build a great team. It will all be because of this:
- Jesus left us a commission, not a suggestion.Make disciples. From a tiny farm town in Ohio where we started the first church to Utah to China to Columbus, OH, we are believing, planting, serving and equipping leaders and disciples by HIS power and direction. And we are not alone. Many churches are daring to dream audacious dreams. And so can you.
- “ALL THE WORLD” is waaay bigger than 1,000 people, so I undershot pretty big on that one. Every number is a name!
- If He laid his life down for the church and didn’t even want ONE outside the fold, then why shouldn’t I have the same attitude?Do I just want a big church to bask in the glow of pastoral fame and outreach top 100 lists? Sure, maybe at times. But I pray my attitude is always fixed on chasing the ONE like Jesus did when 99% [that was a big church!] was already in the fold.
Here is the main reason our church plant will grow to 1,000+ quickly:
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes! [Ephesians 3.20-21-msg]
**Want to be a part of the dream for New City Church in Columbus, OH? We are looking for people to join our launch team [the economy is doing well here in Columbus if you need a job and have a calling to help launch New City] as well as paid staff positions for Worship/Creative Arts Pastor and Youth/Kids Pastor. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to be a part of this crazy dream that will help change a city here on earth as it is in heaven!