The Church: Blessing, Planting, Sending – Part 2
How to Change the World Christ’s Way
The Biblical Foundation for Church Planting
Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile – Anacostia River Church, Washington, DC

Welcome to Crete
“For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, ‘Cretans are liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.’” Titus 1:10-12

Spread the Message of the Gospel
“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness – a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God who does not lie promised before the beginning of time, and at His appointed season He brought His word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior.” Titus 1:1-3

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say, “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14

“At one time we were too foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:3-7

Seek to Multiply
“This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you.” Titus 1:5

Stimulate Maturity
“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men . . . older women likewise . . . so train younger women . . . Likewise, urge the younger men . . .” Titus 2:1-6

Show Mercy
“ . . . who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:14
“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.” Titus 3:1-2
“The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.” Titus 3:8

“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.” Titus 3:14

Send Missionaries
“Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing.” Titus 3:13


Pastor Lon Solomon McLean Bible Church
Pastor Lon Solomon
8925 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 790-5590
http://mcleanbible.org

McLean Bible Church is a multi-campus congregation that acts as one church in multiple locations around the Washington, DC metro area. Our goal is to build a “spiritual beltway” around the city by starting Community Campuses that are fully functioning expressions of McLean Bible Church. We believe these Community Campuses are the best way we can carry out our mission of impacting secular Washington…