Church Planter Heiden Ratner Sets Forth a ‘Big God Theology’

Las Vegas church planter Heiden Ratner was the featured speaker during Southwestern Seminary’s North American church planting emphasis. swbts.edu photo

Adopt a “big God theology,” church planter Heiden Ratner said as the featured speaker during the North American church planting emphasis at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Preaching on “the legacy of God” from Ephesians 3:20-21 during chapel, Ratner underscored the legacy that God has handed down — that He is able and is with His people.

“When it comes to church planting, we need to stop having the ‘Woe is me’ mentality and stop thinking our cities are too hard and too tough,” Ratner said.

Noting that church planters often are discouraged by statistics of lostness in their respective areas, Ratner said, “We need to be speaking back to the statistics: ‘I get it; I see it — it’s a tough place. But I’m going with the God who is able.'”

Ratner is the planter/pastor of WALK Church in Las Vegas where he and his wife Neena live with their two sons. The church began as a Bible study in 2008, and just two days before Ratner spoke in chapel March 26, the church baptized its 91st person. “I’m excited about that because I know He is able to do more,” Ratner said.

Such fruit is not ultimately a result of his efforts, Ratner said. “I am not confident in myself at all,” he said. “I’m messing up every day. There’s a reason why Jesus says deny yourself every day. Because the more we can deny ourselves, the more He can do more, the more He can live in and through us and do abundantly beyond all that we can ask or think.

“We need to be aware of His bigness,” Ratner continued, “aware of the authority that Jesus carries when we plant churches, aware of the authority that God has on the calling on your life.”

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Source: Baptist Press