What is the Biblical Foundation of Church Planting?

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Jesus told us to go and make disciples of all nations, but does that mean He command us to plant churches? David Helm provides a general explanation of church planting and illustrates his points with his church planting story. 

David is the Pastor of the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, the Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Charles Simeon Trust, and member of The Gospel Coalition Council. 

David said the gospel is growing. The reason we plant churches is not to grow, but we plant churches because the gospel has caused growth in the people of God.

According to David, what is church planting? Why does David say church planting a way to hold gospel growth?
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David said the goal of sending people to plant churches to promote gospel growth. Do you agree that this is the primary goal of church planting? Why or why not?
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David described church planting as pulling a toboggan uphill in wet snow. Have you ever been involved in a church plant? If so, what was your experience like? If not, what comes to mind when you think about church planting? Is it similar to David’s comparison? Why or why not?
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 Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations. David said church planting is a tactic—a way to obey Jesus’ command—not a mandate. All Christians are called to be disciple-makers, even if they are not planting churches.

What could you do this week to share the gospel with someone? How could you invest in discipleship in the next few days?
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Trust God’s guidance and make disciples wherever you are—in your town, at work, or at home. Pray for anyone you know involved in a church plant and ask God to equip and encourage them.

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