Then Jon Payne shared a message from Acts 13:1–3, casting a vision for our passion for church planting and sharing some details and stories of God’s grace about the church plant he is leading to Austin, Texas. Notes from Jon’s message are below along with the audio.
- Church planting is our heritage. “Church planting is every Christians’ heritage, but it’s not every Christian’s personal background. We don’t have to look all the way back to Paul to see a heritage…if you are 30 or under in Sovereign Grace Ministries, you have a heritage in church planting.”
- Church planting is our calling. Acts 13:2: “…the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’”
- Church planting makes you feel weak. “A church planter and the church that sends him is embracing weakness as an opportunity for God to showcase his glory.”
- Church planting showcases the power and glory of God. “Obedience in mission, whether you’re sending or whether you’re going, will create weakness….But then you will see the power of God.”
- Church planting proclaims the gospel. “God has entrusted [the gospel] to each generation so that in the church and in Christ Jesus, God may be glorified throughout all generations.”
Jon concluded with a challenge for us: “One day 30 years from now, there will be other people sitting in these seats. They will have a heritage as well. Let’s leave them a heritage of gospel-centered church planting that showcases the glory of God like we have received.”
*Originally posted at www.thetransfer.org