A Message for Church Planters
In the early days (which is only almost 3 years ago) I remember feeling alone at times. Like no one knew what I was going through. Almost as if I even wondered if God was in what I was doing. Now don’t get me wrong I know God called me to launch The Point Church – but there were days of doubt. I am sure if you planted a church you have had moments like those.
Here’s what I have learned about church planting – it is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Too often we can find ourselves looking at the success of those around us and think, “What am I doing wrong?” Here’s the deal if you are doing what God has called you to than no matter what size or significance you find in this world you are exactly where God has placed you. Especially, if you are like me, and you are committed long-term to the place God has called you.
Church planting happens daily, not in a day. It’s a process. Let God work in you first! Then let God work through you.
Zephaniah has 3 principles for you today:
- “But the Lord is still there in the city …” (Zeph. 3:3) He is with you! Never lose sight of the fact that God is your source and your strength. He will never abandon you … ever!!!
- “For the Lord your God is living among you” (Zeph 3:17) – don’t let your circumstances override your cause. The circumstances in Zephaniah were not good, but we can’t look at what is going wrong we must look at what God is doing right. God is living among your vision and mission – after all He has called you to it!
- “I will bring u home-give u a good name-and will restore ur fortunes b4 their eyes” (Zeph 3:20) – God is in the business of rebuilding! Now this may not mean you will get rich – especially in church planting – but the principle best seen in this verse is that God rebuilds. Work hard in your city and the city will come to know and love your church! Don’t give up too early. Hang in there!
Church planting has so many seasons, but never ever give up! God has called you to reach your city – He will enable and equip you with all the tools necessary.
Praying for my church planter friends today. Need Prayer – email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I promise to pray for whatever your need is.