Ordinary Means Of Grace Church Planting

We ought to be confident in planting churches that prioritize the ordinary means of grace because our confidence is not in ourselves but in God and in the Word. One of my favorite quotations comes from John Muether commenting on 1 Corinthians 15:58. Muether writes, “Reformed ministry abounds in the work of the Lord because it is grounded in the certainty, not the probability of faith; that is, in knowing that labor in the Lord is not in vain.”1 If we are laboring according to God’s appointed means of grace, we do not have to fear our work being in vain. It may be slow-going, and it may not appear successful in the eyes of the world or even in our own eyes. But the Lord is pleased to bless faithful ministry.

There is likely nothing in this article that is groundbreaking or particularly new. Perhaps most of the readers of this piece are already well committed to ordinary means of grace ministry. But there is often much pressure to place our primary attention on other things. This is certainly true of churches in general, but the pressure is heightened when it comes to church planting. Because it is a new endeavor, there can be pressure to quickly draw a crowd. As a result, we can tend to dull our distinctive Reformed tenets and our philosophy of ministry and worship. Perhaps our preaching takes a back seat to less formal ways of communicating. It is also easy for us to grow distracted and to misunderstand the church’s mission. In our church planting efforts, it is crucial to maintain clear focus on the gospel and the spiritual mission of the church. While desire for cultural transformation can be a good impulse, if we seek to make that the church’s primary mission and goal, we will fall short of setting forth what truly ought to be central. R. C. Sproul has written helpfully…

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