Defining Questions… A Pastor’s Journey

by Lee Buford on March 19, 2010

The following post was written by Pastor Matt Rogers of Renewal Church in Greenville, SC. Renewal Church is holding its official public launch service on Sunday, March 21, 2010.                                                                                                         Follow Matt on Twitter, or visit www.renewalupstate.com.

With our launch Sunday a couple of days away, God has been gracious to allow me a little time to reflect on what He has been doing in my own soul in the process.  Before coming to Greenville, God spent years convincing me of the answer to three central questions:           

  1. What is God doing in the world?
  2. What is the vehicle for what He is doing in the world?
  3. What is my role?

 The first was fairly simple.  God is on mission to see to it that every man, woman, and child has a repeated opportunity to see, hear, and respond to the good news of Jesus Christ.  He does this by multiplying disciples of Jesus throughout the world.

The second was a bit more challenging.  Every time I tried to answer that question, I did not like what I found.  The Scriptures were clear that the vehicle for accomplishing the mission of God was the local church.  But I was not a big fan of the church.  In fact, I was turned off by it.  But everywhere I went in the Bible, I kept returning to the local church as the tool by which God advances His mission.

Finally, what is my role.  I could believe the first two answers and still do nothing.  But God would not allow me too.  I was convicted, challenged, and exhorted that I had a role to play in building the local church to accomplish the purpose for which it was created.

And so Renewal Church was born.

After two years of work, prayer, and study Renewal will meet publically for the first time on Sunday morning at 10am at the Hilton Garden Inn, at the intersection of Interstate 85 and Woodruff Road in Greenville.   Should God convince you heart, as He did mine, of the answers to the questions above, we invite you to join us on Sunday.

I can’t wait to see what God will do as we seek to multiply disciples to the glory of God in our city.

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