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19 February 2014
Following Jesus; Blessing the world. That’s pretty much the heart of what God has called us to as a church. But recently I’ve become increasingly convinced that he is calling us to a real step change in making the vision a reality.
It was really exciting for me to see the Leadership Team giving its 100% backing to an exciting plan a couple of weeks back. It’s a plan to develop our city-centre ministries, ensure full-time-equivalent youth work provision in the future, invest in new mission partners, and begin a programme to transform our building into a highly visible hub of welcome and mission in our city.
We’re calling the whole project, Refresh because it’s about working out our vision to bless the world, and bringing our building in line with that vision.
Since then things have been moving quickly.
- We spent a moving evening as a church in prayer, seeking God in repentance, committing the whole vision to God and begging him to pour out his Spirit upon us.
- People have already begun increasing their giving and offering their time to make the vision of Refresh a reality.
- Teams are coming together to sharpen our focus on the building development and on the challenge of communication and prayer.
I have been challenged and inspired by these words from Psalm 126: ‘Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.’ Rising to this challenge is going to cost us. For some of us, it may change our lives significantly – following Jesus is sometimes difficult. But beyond the tears of sacrifice lies the joy of sharing in the harvest!
Please join with us in praying for the teams working on the Refresh project and for the church members as we come together to consider it later in the month.
Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unploughed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12)