Missions Blog

Sep 5

Want to serve Redemption? Pray with and for Them as They Plan.

2012 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,Local,Redemption Church

Pastor Carlos wrote last week on Redemption Church’s blog:

Praying is a vital thing for the Christian life, as well as for the life and health of any church. At Redemption, we believe that God has called us to the mission of making disciples and planting churches in New Mexico and beyond. This mission requires prayer. Without prayer, and without God going before us, we have no chance of staying on mission or seeing our mission prosper. That being said, we are, and by God’s grace will always be, a praying church. We work to saturate our Sunday morning gatherings in prayer before, during, and after. We also seek to pray together in our community groups as we do life together. There is no question that praying is a vital thing for Redemption Church.

What about planning? Planning can seem “unspiritual”. Aren’t we supposed to just “be faithful”, and see what God does? The answer is yes, and no. We, as a church, are called to be faithful to our Savior and King Jesus. We rest and find our authority in His Word alone. We believe that we must proclaim the gospel every chance we get. Part of our faithfulness to Jesus, however, is found in our planning. We believe that plans saturated by prayer are powerful things used by God to further His Kingdom and to see more disciples made, all for His Glory.

We see prayer-saturated plans in the 1st chapter of Nehemiah. Nehemiah learns of the devastation of Jerusalem, and is broken over what has happened. As the king’s cupbearer, he is in a position to do something about it. He prays that God would give him the chance to help his city. The moment comes and when the Persian king asks what he wants, Nehemiah’s plans are ready to be implemented. In the few months that Nehemiah was praying, he was also faithfully planning and trusting for a future God-given opportunity.

We want to model Nehemiah’s faith at Redemption. We are constantly praying to God that He would allow us to be a church where we see many people meet Jesus, where we celebrate many baptisms, and where we are able to “seek the welfare of the city”. In addition to these prayers, we are also making plans to illustrate how that would come about. This planning includes our membership process, how our leadership is structured, and what it means to be a church-planting church. We want to be ready for the moments God opens a door that we are praying towards.

Last week Redemption held their first Elder Led Prayer Night, where they sought to share the heart, vision, and mission of Redemption, and to bathe it in prayer from God’s people.  We can support by praying for wisdom as they move forward with the mission to reach more and more people for Christ.  And may God use us to do the same in our lives and neighborhoods.