The movement Jesus led more than 2,000 years ago is still making a huge difference in many people’s lives, as well as in many communities and nations throughout the world, even to this very day. That is why we are in the mission of forming new disciples of Jesus Christ, so that the work of changing lives and transforming communities will never cease. As we focus our efforts on making new disciples, those new disciples will then form new churches. We make disciples who will plant new churches that will transform the world! It takes disciple-making and church-planting efforts to sustain this transformative movement of the gospel.
—Bener Agtarap & Curtis Brown, Ready, Set, Plant: The Why and How of Starting New Churches (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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Jesus came near and spoke to them, “…Go 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 obey everything that I’ve commanded you.”
—Matthew 28:18-20 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, thank you for the opportunity to plant a new faith community. Help me to have wisdom and discernment as I develop relationships with the people in this community. Guide me to stay close to you through prayer and Bible study and to love the people who cross my path. Amen.
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