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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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A church planter must have an unshakable confidence in the gospel, really believing it is the power of God unto salvation.

But to have a deep confidence in the gospel, you must have a deep grasp of the gospel. This is why theological development is necessary. It’s possible for church planters to have some attractive characteristics—winsome personality, unusual gifting, ability to gather people—only to have little depth theologically.

To be sure, there’s more to planting a church than being theologically robust. Knowing theology doesn’t make you a good leader. We must take into account the importance of loving people, knowing our context, being hard working and resourceful, and always pursuing godliness and prayer.

In this podcast episode, though, we want to shine a light on the importance of being a theologically driven church planter in this spiritually confused age. The church planter bears a great responsibility to rightly handle the word of truth, both outside and inside the church.

On this episode of Churches Planting Churches, it’s my pleasure to welcome Bryan Laughlin.

You can listen to this podcast episode here.

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