There is a phrase that was used in the days when Creekstone went from being a “church plant” under the watchful care of our sending church to a “particularized church” with our own ordained and installed elder team. The phrase represents the primary qualification for us to be eligible for “particularizing.” We had to be “self-sustaining.”
I understand what is meant by self-sustaining in terms of “able to exist apart from a mother church’s help.” We had to train, ordain, and install our own leaders. Our funding had to come from within. We were no longer going to be supported by a “mother church.”
But Creekstone has never been, is not now, and will never be self-sustaining.
We were birthed by the grace and power of God and we will continue to be sustained by the grace and power of God–to the praise of his glory and grace (Eph. 1:6)
Psalm 28:7, The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.
The day we are self-sustained is the moment we are doomed.
Of course, what is true of a church is true of every believer. What does this mean?
It means we can rest.
It means we can pray.
It means we can trust.
It means we will worship our God of all grace, who saves us… and sustains us.