Seven Mile Road, we just finished our series through 1 Timothy and are two weeks away from spending our summer in the Psalms. So that gives us this week to focus on something called Church Planting Sunday. Along with the 468 other churches in Acts 29, we’re going to be taking a weekend to highlight God’s call on us to be a church that plants churches that plants churches that plants churches. We’re going to give ourselves to that reality this Sunday in three ways.
CELEBRATE OUR CONNECTION TO ACTS 29
It is a joy and blessing to be connected with a great network of gospel-centered, missional churches like Acts 29. Here are some stats about the network to give you a feel for what God has grafted us into.
- 468 Churches
- 18 Denominations
- 61 Countries
- 6 Continents
- 142,932 People
- 19,259 Baptisms in 2012
- 171 Church Planters sent out in 2012
- 656 Church Planters in Training
CELEBRATE OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH CHURCH PLANTS
From the beginning, our desire has not been to build a small kingdom for Seven Mile Road, but to advance the great Kingdom of Jesus Christ. One of the ways God has allowed us to do that is by partnering with other gospel-centered, missional, churches who have supported us and whom we have supported as well. This Sunday, we’ll have brief video updates from some of these planters and churches. That will include:
- Matt Kruse, Seven Mile Road Boston
- Doug Logan, Epiphany Camden
- Reid Monaghan, Jacob’s Well
- Sam Chacko, LOFT City Church
PRAY TO THE LORD OF THE MISSION
We’ll set apart time on Sunday to specifically petition the Father on behalf of the network and churches that we are connected with. In addition, we’ll ask the Lord of the mission to raise up more laborers, more churches, and bring more people to the knowledge of His Son.
God is doing a work much bigger than our little church and this Sunday we get to remember that we are being swept up in it.