Matthew 16:18: - “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
By: Cheryl Richardson, Member, Bridge Point Community Church
May 30, 2019
How could this promise that Jesus made to build His church awaken a new gospel strategy in Houston, Texas? Our city is now one of the most, if not the most, ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in the United States. The people from unreached nations of the world now live, work, and play among us, but tragically, most have never heard the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Although we may acknowledge and even lament this growing spiritual crisis, the truth is that collectively we seem to be clueless on the most effective way to strategically address the growing lostness in our city. Could it be that the real solution is an awakening to intentionality and collaboration in planting churches among our city’s unreached?
Where would we even begin this intentionality to plant churches? I think we must begin with absolute trust in Christ’s promise that He alone is the builder of His church (Matthew 16:18). This trust does not remove our responsibility to move forward in obedience and faithfulness, but our assurance in the sufficiency and success of this blood-bought promise removes our fear that the gospel harvest in any way depends on us (1 Corinthians 3:7). As our trust is nourished in this promise, we become open to risk, experience new boldness and stand ready to sacrifice our prejudices, preferences, and anxieties for the sake of pursuing a gospel collaboration that honors Christ’s sovereign plan to gather in all His scattered sheep (John 10:16, John 11:52, Romans 11:25). Prayer and fasting must ignite the fire of our intentionality if our city is to one day mirror the heavenly vision of worshippers from every tribe, language, people and nation (Revelation 5:9). Planting churches among the unreached is our priceless opportunity to join in the grand narrative of God’s redemptive work right here; to share the life and hope in Jesus Christ, and to make disciples of all the nations under His Divine authority by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). As we intentionally and collaboratively plant churches among the unreached in our city, we join Christ’s work in the building of His Kingdom and His church.
Lord we praise You for all You have done and will do to build Your church. We thank You for graciously giving us the joy of joining in Your mission. Awaken us as churches and believers to a new unity, boldness, and passion to plant churches among the people from unreached nations in our city. Nourish our trust in the truth of Your Word by the power of the Holy Spirit as You humble us to accomplish all things for Your great glory alone.