Some scholars have compared the structure of the biblical story to a 5 act play.
Act One: Creation;
Act Two: The Fall;
Act Three: Israel;
Act Four: Jesus as the Climax;
and Act Five: The Church.
During the 5th act the church is in a unique place and lives between two historic events:
Jesus’ ascension and his return.
And it’s during this time that the Holy Spirit is leading the church to carry on Jesus’ mission.
One important facet of this mission is church planting.