Preparing for Worship // January 27, 2019

Preparing for Worship // January 27, 2019

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I have been in Charlotte for a year and a half now, and am still amazed by how many churches there are here! It’s ridiculous! Charlotte is the only city I have lived in where it is easier to give directions from church building to church building than it is to use the street names. I told a friend to meet me on East Boulevard and he asked, “Is that the street with the big castle church right across the street from the church with a bunch of domes?”… yes, it is… and those aren’t the only churches on that street.

From an outsider’s perspective, it seems silly to plant churches, especially in a city like Charlotte. There are enough already! No medium sized businesses try to open a competitive small business a couple blocks away. Especially if it seems like the only difference is a younger manager and the style of music they play. Isn’t everyone in Charlotte already a Christian anyways? We really like Mark Skylling, why would we want to send him away?

One way to answer these questions is that people still need to hear the Gospel, and Mark has been called to tell them. There are a lot of practical reasons why church planting helps existing churches and the community. It motivates people towards evangelism and mercy, it keeps budgets slim, it prevents the current building from getting over capacity, it prohibits us from getting complacent. Charlotte is growing incredibly fast and needs churches to be prepared for all the new people. Church planting has also had a recent resurgence and is super cool right now. But these are all secondary things. These don’t help people persevere when times get hard. If all these fell away, we would still need to plant churches. Why do we plant churches? Because it’s biblical. Jesus sends out his twelve disciples to plant churches. These churches planted churches, who planted churches, who planted churches….. who planted Christ Covenant, who planted Uptown twenty four and a half years ago, who is a church planting church. Jesus is extending his kingship through the church, and has commissioned us to participate in that effort.

THE WORD

Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20
Sermon: The Vision of Uptown Church: Reproducing Churches

SONGS

O Church Arise  (Keith Getty)
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Go Labor On  (Shane Martin)
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Jesus With Thy Church Abide  (Indelible Grace)
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The Church’s One Foundation (Indelible Grace)
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Song of Preparation: The Love of Christ Is Rich and Free (Sandra McCracken)
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Song of Response: Jesus Shall Reign (Traditional)
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