Since I seem to be in the quote stealing mood lately, I’ll offer another from Alan Hirsch’s Blog:
The Gospel is like a seed, and you have to sow it. When you sow the seed of the Gospel in Israel, a plant that can be called Jewish Christianity grows. When you sow it in Rome, a plant of Roman Christianity grows. You sow the Gospel in Great Britain and you get British Christianity. The seed of the Gospel is later brought to America, and a plant grows of American Christianity. Now, when missionaries come to our lands they brought not only the seed of the Gospel, but their own plant of Christianity, flower pot included! So, what we have to do is to break the flowerpot, take out the seed of the Gospel, sow it in our own cultural soil, and let our own version of Christianity grow.
–Dr. D.T. Niles of Sri Lanka (as quoted in this post.)
The idea he shares in this particular post has to do with what I would call our obsession with the idea of “church planting”. On a personal note, I still refer to myself often as a church planter. Hirsch challenges this connotation and offers in its place the idea of “gospel planting”.
I like the thought, for it is in the planting of the Gospel, the resulting life-transformation, and the powerful work of the Holy Spirit that Jesus builds His church in a natural, organic way.
So are we actually planting churches or are we planting the Gospel? Intersting thought to ponder.