We can sometimes forget...
19th Sept 2016
We can sometimes forget...
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
Beacon has recently moved venues and later this week our office relocates to the same community centre we had been meeting in for the last eleven months. As a meeting venue on a Sunday, the community centre was small and cramped, however as an office space it is much more spacious than our current place and has extra benefits such as using the hall as a break out space. Whilst all of these practical things are great, make no mistake our move was not purely a practical one. It was a faith one; God both answered our prayers and also fought battles for us in the spirit world. The challenge we can sometimes have is recognising that the battle we fight might appear material, personal, logistical and practical but is really spiritual. It is not people and personalities that cause problems but rulers, authorities, powers and spiritual forces! Ask God for the gift of discernment to know the best way of responding. Sometimes what can appear a practical issue isn’t, it is spiritual, therefore practical responses won’t help. It is worth remembering that.
Last week - I had a few interesting meetings, pastoral, marriage prep, Newday and also with a friend I hadn’t seen for over twenty years. In the last couple of weeks, I have felt my faith being stretched as God has spoken to me about growth in the church, trusting him for the church and being a father to the fatherless and providing a place where the lonely find family.
A new series - this coming Sunday we will begin a new series called ‘The Village’.
It takes a village...
"Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others." (Philippians 2: v4 ESV)
This series is essentially about how we build a community in our church that is both an example to the world around us but also a place for the world around us to come. It’s the idea of a safe haven but not an exclusive one. It’s not exclusive in the sense that it is open to anyone. But it must be known and made clear that in this community, in this village, Jesus is King. It is his kingdom that sets the culture, the values and the standards. He is the person who reigns and rules. It should be recognised though that village life can appear strange to outsiders!
Hylton update: Last Monday Pauline and I finally took Rhianna back to Cambridge and into her new house. We spent a while sorting out her room. For the previous ten days one of her friends Faiza had been staying with us, she was also going to uni and we dropped her off as well.
Other news: Gavin Peacock is coming to stay with us between 9th and 11th October. We have arranged a few things for him whilst he is with us. Unfortunately, he is not around over a weekend this time and so won’t be speaking at Beacon. I am most looking forward to just getting some time with him.
9th October - Dedication service at Beacon, Petra, the Garfield’s, Lawal’s, Goulds, Da Costa’s will all be involved.