You have enabled us these 19 years to serve, raise a family, and see people come to know Christ in a real and life changing way.
Our greatest fulfilment has been in seeing people lives radically changed and empowered and equipped to be all that the Lord has called them to be. We love you and we give Thanks for you!
Once full of the Spirit always full is true for the once crucified Jesus but not for the Church; we need to be filled again and again.
The lost need to “see and hear” (Acts 2:1-4, 11, 32-33 ESV) the mighty works of God in our own day as they did first at Pentecost.
The Good Friday story of the death of Jesus reveals an all-forgiving Father.
This Father is forgiving in his justice and just in his forgiving because his Justice and Forgiveness are not abstract concepts but real in Christ who prayed for the forgiveness of us all and who was heard because he is the One Righteous (Acts 3:14 ESV) Son of God suffering for us. Continue Reading
Over the centuries even sinners have recognised that in the lives of people like St Francis, Fr Damian, William Booth, Mother Teresa, David Wilkerson and Matthew Barnett a radiance into this world from somewhere beyond.
This can and should be the character of the whole Bride of Christ.
So ignoring the cries of afflicted saints is before God like watching Jesus being beaten, whipped and crucified without crying, wailing, weeping, and imploring God to show mercy. Continue Reading
The Spirit is groaning to renew the whole creation starting with the Body of Christ. He is the only one who can lift us up in our weakness. Revival is a sudden experience in the Spirit of Jesus standing in our midst with no distance, even if the great difference, between us and Christ.
Each of us must ask, “What is there in me that causes revival to delay?”
If the Lord grants us to grow in our groaning about the abominations in and around us then revival will come as surely as the resurrection came for Jesus.
The cost of not having a revival is too great to contemplate.
We live in a nation that refuses to thank God. Our national anthem happily extols “nature’s gifts of beauty rich and rare” but there is no recognition of a Creator. Most Christian people take the gifts of God for granted. But is faith without thanksgiving real faith at all? But it would not be right to finish a sermon with a focus on our faith. Jesus is still the God of the marginalised, of gentile soldiers, sinful women, younger sisters and detested Samaritans. Continue Reading
You can’t plug the absence of the presence of the glory of God with human programmes.
Jesus died and rose to take us out of our tiny selves into the fullness of God
Revival is all about the intensity of the glory of God, with its mass conversions, miracles repentances, healings and so on, being a prophetic sign of the reality that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
We must confess that the prayerlessness of us all reveals that in our hearts we don’t accept the Apostles’ Creed, “I believe in God the Father Almighty”. And so we need to petition the Lord for an outpouring of the Spirit who so mightily worked salvation through the prayers of Jesus, especially in Gethsemane and on the cross
We need to ask the Lord that if we have no inner burden for a supernatural move of God that he gives us one.
If we do have such a burden, we should get on with praying and the more we pray the more the Spirit will be given to us for more prayer until finally, in God’s time, a great spiritual awakening will come.
What do we need to do now, this year? What/who do we need to be? How to respond to attack? The question “what’s next, Lord?” exercises my mind frequently as I guess it does yours.