Sunday, May 15, 2011

Stoneycroft

Oh man, so we went to visit Liverpool Stoneycroft corps today, which is the church that Gemma and I will be helping to lead in about three weeks.

I was blown away

Have you ever had one of those experiences when you're in church and simply 'know' that God is there? Or when you just know that what is going on around you is nothing other than a God-honouring moment?

This was one of those moments.

It wasn't the size of the church community, it wasn't the sung worship, it wasn't the bible teaching, it was the warmth of the people that got to me. People simply love each other. They love God, they love each other.

Isn't that what this is all about.

Isn't all else secondary?

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind soul, strength and love your neighbour. (Matthew 22)

I certainly haven't cracked this, but I saw a glimpse of another world today. This stuff actually does work.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

New Beginnings

I want to lose myself in God. Actually, unequivocally, unashamedly losing myself in the King of Kings, being so saturated by his love, grace and peace that I am transformed into a mighty prophet, a humble servant, an authentic disciple and fully-fledged human being.

We're going to be starting a new ministry in June and I grow more convinced that only when we surrender every ounce of our being to the Holy Spirit, will we truly be able to capture His vision for His world.

I'm becoming less interested in searching for that ultimate model or method of 'church' and far more interested into exploring what the actual need of the community we live in is. Where is God already working? How can we join in? How can we inspire, equip and energise people to realise that they are missionaries wherever they are? How can we authentically demonstrate what it means to be a Spirit-led, anointed and loving community of God's people?

My initial hunch is we are going to need to do a lot of praying. A lot of Bible. A lot of listening. A lot of walking. A lot of reading.

I'll let you know how we get on.