Will the real church planter please…?

As I look back over the past year I am becoming convinced ever more of something that I have always known. God builds his church…not people. People can do everything right through strategies and systems and accomplish nothing. Other people can do everything wrong according to the “status quot” and yet flourish.

The reason is very simple. God builds his church…not people. The longer I serve God the more I realize that this is true of everything when it comes to him. It is the Holy Spirit that brings people to repentance not my clever sermons. It is the power of God that changes lives not our 12 step programs. It is by Christ we are saved not by our ability to color within the lines of righteousness that other have drawn.

Somewhere we have confused the seed sower with the church grower. Do you see a difference or am I way off base? I’ll be writing about my thoughts but I would love to hear yours as well.