Jesus wants your guts

The Hebrew faith was very physical. Unlike the ancient Greeks, they saw every part of a person as having some connection to their body. The heart is the centre of your emotions and desires. Your spirit is your breath, or the wind. Your soul is your throat. People who bring good news have beautiful feet. Your life is in your blood.

When Jesus was moved with compassion he wasn’t merely sympathetic for people, he was gutted. Really gutted.

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

The Greek word they used meaning ‘moved with compassion’ is esplanchnisthē, to be moved in the splanxna, the inward parts. (more…)

Pithy profile #4: Aidan

Who are you?
I am Aidan Christopher Ashby, I’m 28. Trying to keep up with Jesus. I’m a part time student and work part time for the Church and help lead this thing here.

What brought you here?
Really wanted to see people find Jesus so we thought we needed to move into town to be among people. Wanted to be part of a group discipling one another, wanted to explore new ways of doing community.

In your own words, what’s this house thing all about?
All of the above, plus learning to cook. (more…)

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…)