As believers in Christ Jesus, we are called to model our lives after Him by the aid of the Holy Spirit. We are to become disciples of Christ not merely members of a church. There are some who are specially called to engage, nourish, restore, equip and gather together the children of God to form a Christian community to do God’s will. These purposes often get lost or made complicated by people of the world. With this in mind, I offer three points of thought to those who are specially called to start a church for Christ;
- They must Love God with all their Heart, Mind and Soul.
- They must be Good and Faithful Stewards over all that which God entrusts in their care.
- They must never cease from praying.
What does “Loving God with all our Heart, Mind and Soul” mean? In light of eternity, the church starter is akin to all beginners in the task of learning to love God. It is the most significant challenge that church starters will face. When asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37-40, KJV). Love is a “doing” word, a word full of action; it’s a verb. It’s something that you “Do.” Love demands choices, hard choices sometimes but it is a choice nevertheless.
Love is about sacrifice and faithfulness. It requires commitment and steadfastness. Loving God is the church starter’s first step. The church starter must love the Lord’s ways and His’ work to do His’ will. A church starter must have a deep abiding love for God to fulfill the call of God. There are times when a church starter might be reluctant to accept the call because they are aware of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual cost to fulfill such a call. However, the church starter must know and remember “…whom God called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified” (Romans 8:30). So, count it all joy to be a servant of the Lord.
Secondarily, church starters must be Good and Faithful Stewards. When we gather together the people of the world, they bring numerous challenges and concerns. As church starters, we are “Hand Picked” by God to lead those whom God has given us. Church starters must be forever mindful that God chose them above everyone else to entrust His children. Therefore, each church starter must be a Good and Faithful Steward of the lives assigned to their care. As a church starter, you are the first shepherd to a new flock of God, which makes you one of the most highly impactful people on the planet.
Lastly, the work church starters are called to perform entails eschatological consequences. Church starters are to love like Jesus loved and care for those given to them by God and must do so in the ways God prescribes. Thus, the will, the work and the ways of God must be known by the church starter. For the church starter to know which way to go or who to engage or disengage, or who to confront or who to elevate, requires constant communications with God. The Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (NRSV).
We at Remnant Fellowship pray, as you answer your call that God graces you with His’ Spirit, strengthens you to do His’ will and blesses you to do the work He is calling you to do in Jesus’ name, Amen.