In 1 Chronicles David told God he wanted to build a temple for Him in place of the tent in which He’d dwelt in since the time of Moses. God’s response really stood out to me, “I declare to you that the Lord will build you a house!” David’s intentions were good but God wanted to show him His sovereignty, power and love.
Often with good intentions we can tell God we’re going to build His church but we miss the simple truth that God builds His church, and by His choice and grace we can be included in His work. Here at 93 Bostock Avenue we’re in the fortunate position that we’ve experienced the truth of God building His church, and now it’s time to ‘enlarge the place of our tent’ and get a second house.
Saw this thread of tweets from Phil Whittall, a chap I follow on Twitter. It struck a chord so I’ve reproduced it below, with permission.
Question: Why don’t I think having friends over for a meal and showing biblical hospitality are the same thing?
First, I don’t think these meals are worthless at all. Time with friends, deepening relationship, building community, sharing stories is a deeply human thing. Very worthwhile and important. This is called friendship and investing in it is vital everywhere. I think this is a good thing.
It’s always been my vision to see a diverse network of simple, small, virile and flexible house churches/communities. That’s why we were keen to start hosting our own Sunday morning congregation a few months ago:
- To provide an accessible church for neighbours we meet locally
- As an opportunity to disciple one another into ministry focused in the vision God’s given us
- To keep things small, so as we grow we’re forced to split rather than become big and clumsy (see my previous post on artificial persecution)
Jacob got baptismed!
It was clear to see he’d re-found God among us over the past few months and simply wanted to obey Jesus’ call to repent, be baptised and follow. We would have simply dunked him in a bath one evening but we were due to have a bible study on baptism and we also wanted to make it into a bit more of a proclamation, so put it off until a Sunday afternoon so we could invite folk over and make a bit of a song and dance about it. (more…)
When Mao began his purge of religion from Chinese society there were 2 million Christians. He banished missionaries, nationalised all church property, killed or imprisoned its leaders, banned public meetings and began to torture Christians. When missionaries were let back into China in the 80s, they found 60 million Christians.