The Lord Grows Churches

The Lord causes the growth of churches (1 Cor. 3:6-7), but He works through His servants to bring about that increase. As Christians, we are fellow-workers with the Lord (2 Cor. 6:1). God shapes and equips us in order to make us competent to be servants (2 Cor. 3:5).
The Lord brings about church growth when the seed is planted and souls are watered. This takes love, kindness, and truth.
<% image name="seeds_hands" border="1" align="left" %>The seed is the Word of God (Luke 8:11; 1 Pet. 1:23-25); nothing else will do. One cannot see a church grow without the foundation of Christ and His teaching (1 Cor. 3:11). Only the gospel has the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16), and God was well-pleased to use the message preached to save those who believe (1 Cor. 1:21).
We water that planted seed through continued edification inside and outside of our worship assembly. Prospective converts need attention and love. Babes in Christ also need lots of tender care and instruction to grow (1 Pet. 2:2). One can hear the Savior exhorting Peter, ?tend my lambs? (John 21:15-17).
Our goal is not to baptize alone but to bring young Christians to maturity (Matt. 28:19-20). May they remain faithful unto death (Rev. 2:10) so that they may receive the crown of life. Heaven is glorious beyond our understanding and worthy of every effort for ourselves and those we love.

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