If you know me, you might guess this is an article about making disciples or planting churches. However, there is one thing that overrides everything else we do, just one, supreme priority. This one thing takes precedence over discipleship making and church planting! If we don’t get this right, our disciples and church plants will be mere wood, hay, and stubble that does not remain. Some of our most celebrated examples of church planting movements have disappeared without a trace. Are we asking why?
David killed a bear, a lion, and a giant. Where did he get his extraordinary strength? “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple!” (Psalm 27:4). No human strength will give us victory over the giants that blind the nations, but the strength that comes from knowing The One leads us in victory.
At that perfect time, catching the gentle breath of the Spirit is crucial for breaking into new ethnic groups. When Mary anointed Jesus for burial, even the Twelve did not know what was going on. But Mary knew. She got her timing right because she took time to sit at Jesus’ feet. Only one thing was needed and Mary would not be distracted from The One. If we miss that key “God-breathed moment”, we may miss the mark and may be in for a long, fruitless journey.
Paul was a smart guy before he met Jesus. But he counted all things as loss. He forgot those things of the past and he did one thing! He pressed forward to know “Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Paul became a wise master builder, his missionary methods a model for all ages. What amazing strategies we receive when we know The One.
When we are passionate for The One, extraordinary strength, perfect timing, and amazing strategies flow into our discipleship and church planting. Our passion for The One becomes the DNA of our new churches.
By Jo and Jenny Graham
Ministry leaders involved in training church planters.