Setbacks and speed bumps are common in church planting. A survey of the book of Acts would include setbacks because of persecution, betrayal, internal conflict, popular resistance, and incarceration; that’s not an inspiring list! It has been observed, however, that despite a wide range of setback experiences, the mission of Jesus always seems to advance over the long run. This is the meta-narrative of Acts and of church history. We could say that it is also likely to be our personal narrative and our ministry experience. Setbacks will come. In those moments, Jesus would have us return again to the place he first called us and where he reminds us to stay fishing.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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[Jesus] said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
—John 21:6, NIV
Prayer for the Week
God of love,
plant me in the soil of your grace.
Nurture me with the strength of Christ,
the vine of everlasting life.
Enlighten me with the wisdom of your Spirit,
which flows through me today and all days.
Abide in me,
that I may abide in you
and live in your love.
In your holy name, I pray. Amen.
(Based on John 15 and adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2012.)
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