Why Plant Churches?
In a sense, it must be admitted, there is no Biblical mandate for church planting. As we read the Bible, it is impossible to find one. Similarly, however, I have known people to argue that there is no clear call for evangelism either. Such arguments even attempt to explain away passages like Matthew 28 and the Great Commission.
All that can be said, in response to such obfuscation, is that as with much things in the Christian life, they are best decided by the most basic and important Christian beliefs. In relation therefore to evangelism, mission and in particular to church planting, I’d suggest that we have an implicit requirement to reach out and establish new churches in the simple confession of Peter, when he declared that Jesus is ‘the Christ of God’ (Luke 9:20).
If we properly understand that Jesus is indeed the long promised deliverer, who acted to save us from judgement on the cross, and who rose to proclaim victory over our greatest enemy, then we cannot but speak. We dare not be silent if we have any love for others. This simple declaration is what differentiates us from every other religion in the world. It defines our discipleship and it should decide the matter for us in relation to church planting.
As the Christ of God, in Jesus, what we have is the only multinational, worldwide embracing act of divine deliverance. The pioneering of new and strengthening of old churches is the most obvious response to this and clearest proof of it.
In the end, this is why we must plant churches: because Jesus Christ is Lord.