In Advent, we look back on the Word made flesh, the incarnation of Jesus. There are good, sentimental aspects to this season, but when we look at it through the lens of mission, we remember why Jesus came: To seek and save the lost, to reconcile people to God, to renew culture and bless the nations. And then He commissioned His disciples to continue the work, to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, primarily by planting new churches. This is our task until He comes again. We don’t normally think of church planting and Advent in the same category, but perhaps we should.
If you were at Providence today and are looking for the article I made reference to, here it is. Enjoy.