Having said that, on the subject of church planting, a good friend of mine took me out to lunch and gave me some fortifying encouragement on Tuesday. He read to me Colossians 1:3-6 which begins with Paul telling the Colossian believers that he and Timothy always thank God for them in their prayers ever since they heard of their faith in Christ Jesus and the love they have for God’s people. This faith and love, Paul says, is a result of the gospel coming to them. What comes next is what Paul says about the effects of the gospel:
“…in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing – as it also does among you” (v.6)
In response to these words (and in reference to the future church plant), my friend said, “We can’t see the fruit yet, but we know what the gospel does.”
Whether you are going to a new place to minister the gospel or you will be continuing to minister the gospel where you are, this should be profoundly encouraging – we know what the gospel does…it bears fruit. The gospel rescues sinners, transforms lives, and grows people in holiness. So, when you are tempted to turn to worldliness or a diluted gospel in order for your ministry to be more successful, remember what it is that bears fruit and yields effect – the gospel as passed down from the apostles.