Every Neighborhood, Every Neighbor
I believe it’s important that every local church, in some way, focuses on church planting. As local churches, we don’t want to be concerned with the gospel only in our context. We actually want to see the gospel advance.
A New Testament pattern for the advance of the gospel is the planting of churches. We want to see every neighborhood and every neighbor brought into contact with the living Word of God. For that to happen, we need to have outposts in every neighborhood, in reachable contact of every neighbor. The New Testament word for those outposts is the local church.
Every church, if it exists in the same spirit and shares the same DNA as the early church, should have a burning concern to see itself multiply, extend, and spread to the ends of the earth until everybody hears and the Lord comes.
A healthy church member is deeply committed to and practices particular disciplines within a local church.
The New Testament apostles can't conceive of anything called a Christian that's not connected to Christ's body.
Pastors can speak the truth of Jesus into the everyday stuff of life by preaching, training, and ministering.