This week in WWDWWD we will answer the question: “Why are we going to plant a church?” We plant churches for God’s glory, because it is the church’s mission, and because we love lost sinners.
There are many proximate purposes, but only one ultimate purpose for the church’s sojourn on earth. Proximate purposes include being the salt of the earth, preaching the gospel, and loving one’s neighbor. The ultimate purpose (that is, the purpose that gives all other purposes shape and meaning) is the glory of God. The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. As John Piper wrote, “Missions begins and ends with worship.” (Let the Nations Be Glad, 17).
Wherever Christians do not meet publically and visibly, wherever churches are destitute of the law and gospel, wherever the church has not yet set foot, there is … Read More »