Church Start

There are many hardships to be encountered in a new Church Plant.    But there are also many blessings.

One of these blessings is getting to see what ‘Church’ looks like stripped down of all of its non-essentials.  We are left only with what is essential for ministry.  These essentials are; the Gospel, fellowship in the Gospel, proclamation of the Gospel, singing about the Gospel, spreading the Gospel, and eventually showing the Gospel (through Baptism and Lord’s Supper).  It’s very liberating to be able to come together and observe what the Lord has commanded us to observe. 

There are so many things that get attached to ‘Church’ that either are not necessary, are not helpful, or even contrary to the Church’s mission.  So one of the enemies that we are trying to guard against is ‘having stuff’ just because every other Church does it this way.  I don’t know if everyone in what I hope will become our Church agrees with me on this, but the criteria that I am using in evaluating what needs we will have as Church are pretty simple. 

1)  Is this necessary?  Is there some part of Gospel ministry that is being overlooked that this ministry will remedy?
2)  Is this helpful?  How will this help us minster to the members of the congregation and the community around us?
3)  Does this take away from our Gospel ministry?  Does this program or activity contradict our mission as stated in Scripture, divide the Church into separate factions, or pull the Elders/Pastors away from the ministry of the Word and prayer?

I think these are good questions to ask ourselves as we go forward.

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5 responses to “Church Start

  1. David

    Jeremy,

    It’s been good to labor with you and the others in this work. It is difficult, but I think most (all) worthwhile things are so.

    My prayer is for many more years of co-laboring for His Church!

    SDG,
    David

  2. How about, “Is it Biblical?”

  3. BJ Scoggins

    Saturday 7-26-2008

    We saw the doctor at 7pm tonight he told us that Joe had FLATLINED for 3.7 seconds. The doctor did not tell us when this happened. Doctor thinks it was caused by an interaction with “Abaitapace” medication that regulates his heart rate and the other medicine “Altenol/chlor” for blood pressure. Doctor had cut back on the dose of Abaitapace, but doesn’t know what is going on. If Joe continues to have these Flatlines then doctor said he would have to have a pacemaker. So For now doctor wants him to be monitored for 24 to 48 hours. Joe isn’t able to come home just yet.

  4. Schrea Davison

    Yes all you say it true but do we want to go to far the other way?

  5. Schrea (and Kjos),

    I believe in the Regulative Principle. We should only do what is commanded in Scripture…however, sometimes what is commanded in Scripture is not commanded to be done in any certain way. For example, I believe we should meet on Sundays to commemorate the Lord’s resurrection from the dead, but we are not told what time to meet. I believe we should sing Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, Preach, exhort one another, fellowship, give, bear one another’s burdens, etc. when we come together, but we are not given an order of worship in Scripture. We are to train up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, both at home and corporately in the Church, so how do we most effectively do that? I think that there is enough liberty within the regulative principle to give us some freedom in how we do what we do, but not in what we do.

    Does that help?

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