Starting new churches is a God thing. The foundational beliefs for starting new churches are for the Glory of God, the Mission of God and the Kingdom of God.
The Glory of God
May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world. Psalm 67:3-4
When we read scriptures like this one and Ephesians 1:3-14 we can see that the church exists for the glory of God. God has chosen His church to act as His chief instrument whereby His glory is revealed throughout the world today. The planting or starting of new, healthy churches is a means of seeing God’s glory spread throughout the earth. Worship is, therefore, the fuel for our mission. The goal of our mission is the gladness of the people in the greatness of God.
The Mission of God
In this way, I will show my greatness and holiness, and I will make myself known to all the nations of the world. Then they will know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 38:23
The God we serve is on a mission. God has chosen His church as the chief vehicle for achieving His redemptive purpose today. The Bible is full of stories of how God has revealed His plan of blessing through one person of faith who becomes a blessing to another and another until the world is restored back to Himself.
Our mission to start new churches is not the invention, responsibility, or program of Waterline Church, but flows from the character and purposes of God.
The Kingdom of God
Finally, they returned by ship to Antioch of Syria, where their journey had begun. The believers there had entrusted them to the grace of God to do the work they had now completed. Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported everything God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too. Acts 14:25-27
God is passionate that His kingdom will encompass every community, every tribe, and will reach every person. The very first command in the Bible is to be fruitful and multiply. God intends the church to proclaim and demonstrate the kingdom so that His kingdom will spread to every people group on earth. He has given His Church a kingly commission to go into the entire world and make disciples who worship the King of Kings. The heart of God for kingdom expansion is the foundation for starting new churches.
Waterline Church fulfills its vision to, “Love God and Love Others” by starting new churches. By launching new churches, we take Jesus into the lives of needy people, we become partners with God’s mission, and we actively expand God’s kingdom. God’s heart beats for church planting, and so does ours.
Launch of Waterline in Pendleton, Indiana