A GROWING CHURCH
1 CORINTHIANS 3:5-9
Continuing to ask God to enliven our church… “Lord of the church, who has bought
His people with His own blood, give your people in this city…”
Many Types of Churches (vs 5)
Reaching a city for Christ requires a whole gospel ecosystem, with different churches
all playing their various parts as the Lord assigns them. Pray for gospel-centered
churches across your city in many forms: established churches and new churches,
church plants and church revitalizations, larger churches and smaller churches.
Many Types of Workers (vs 6)
Thank God for specific ways He has been in numbers or maturity. Ask Him to
raise up more workers with different gifts across your city. Pray that through
their different gifts, Good would plant, water, and make the gospel grow.
Once Source of Growth (vs 7)
Only God can make churches grow– pray that this truth would stir up a
movement of prayer and faith-filled church planting across our city. Pray
that through this, there would be genuine gospel growth for God’s glory.
One Spirit of Unity (vs 8)
Pray for more and more visible expressions of gospel unity between churches
in your city. Our churches are so often prone towards tribalism and self-interest.
Pray that instead, churches would be united across denominations and styles
by the word of God and the person of Christ, as we work towards “one purpose”.
One Goal (vs 9)
“God’s field” is a picture of fruitfulness and growth: pray that there would be
much gospel fruit and vibrant growth in the churches across our city. “God’s
building” is a picture of strength and stability: pray that the churches in our
city would be built up and mature, standing on the firm foundation of Christ.