Pithy profile #3: Jack

Who are you?
I’m Jack Palgrave Brown. I’m a human.

What brought you here?
I initially wanted to bring my international student friends over here and it made sense to be part of this scene a lot more because I was considering what was the next chapter of my life. I still enjoy community and I enjoyed being with people and sacrificing some elements of time to be together and strengthen one another and to see a change in the neighbourhood.

And also town is a new territory for me and I still like to push my evangelism ministry before I consider marriage. (more…)

8 essential lessons learned leading a missional community

You know, I’m mainly writing this for myself.

As our who are we page says, it’s important to take stock, to properly process lessons as they come and to celebrate all God does. You may even find some of this useful and/or thought provoking too.

Without further ado:

Lesson #1: Everything starts with prayer

I can’t emphasise the importance of prayer enough. If prayer is communion and communication, literally everything flows out of prayer. The universe, for instance, is the overflow of the constant communion of love flowing through the trinity, and through the communicated Word life came into being. The same is true now: life flows from the throne of God.

The 16th century scholar and Presbyterian minister Matthew Henry said “whenever God is about to do something truly great, He first sets His people a praying!” (more…)

Pithy profile #2: Josh

Who are you?
My name is Joshua Hubbard, I’m 21 years old, believe in God and live in Northampton.

What brought you here?
My desire to see peoples lives changed by Jesus and follow my calling in him.

In your own words, what’s this house thing all about?
It’s about making friends, disciples, forming relationships, gaining life skills, training young people for mission. (more…)

Pithy profile #1: Rhiannon

Who are you?
I’m Rhiannon. I don’t know really. I’m a part of the house, the Bostock Avenue crew.

What brought you here?
Well I got to know everyone through bible study and then when you moved into Adams Avenue I bought you some gifts. I planned to leave after handing them to you but you invited Hannah and I round for dinner, and then the next day and the next day, so we came. The community and how much everyone here loved and pursued God, it was just something I wanted to be a part of. (more…)

The Adventure Continues

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.

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