The Parable of the Aspen Grove
Then Jesus continued, “What can we say the kingdom of God is like? How shall we put it in a parable? It is like a tiny grain of mustard-seed which, when it is sown, is smaller than any seed that is ever sown. But after it is sown in the earth, it grows up and becomes bigger than any other plant. It shoots out great branches so that birds can come and nest in its shelter.”
Church plants also grow and thrive best when connected to the life-shaping DNA and life-giving resources of a network of churches. And churches are designed by God to reproduce new churches. But that work is easier when we engage in it together.
Gospel is a word that encapsulates both Messenger and Message. Matthew 9:35 shows Jesus as the Good News himself and the proclaimer of the good news. Ephesians 2:8-9 states: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Our church planting will be powered and based on Jesus Christ and the truth of grace-filled lives and ministries.
In Matthew 22:38,39 Jesus answers the question about what all of life is about: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is a relational commandment. Therefore, our mode of ministry will always be to be in right relationship with God and one another.
John chapter 1 is a missional blue print. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Then in Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus gives us his authority to go and dwell among those who need him. “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Our gift of salvation is meant to be given away. We desire to plant church that focus on this giving away.
Romans 8 and 9 give us our theological base. Paul writes, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." This truth guides us: dependance on and freedom in Christ.