We have come to the end of our two-year focus on discipleship and rejoice in all the things we have learned together as we have sought to walk more closely with our Saviour Jesus Christ. In particular, it was inspiring to hear the testimonies of the candidates at our recent confirmation service, as they boldly proclaimed their faith in the risen Lord.
Our new 2016-18 strategic vision is “COMMUNITY – becoming the community God wants us to be, to help the community He has given us!” One of the most inspiring communities I have ever visited was a mission school near Kapenguria, Northern Kenya, which I visited while on my travels as a young man. After their education had been completed in the evening, the young people gathered for a gospel service. To my surprise, I was asked to give a talk. Their singing lifted the roof, and you could really see God was working in their hearts. Afterwards, they left for their homes in groups of about five with the oldest holding a large lamp to frighten away wild animals. As the evening ended, you could see small groups heading out into the bush, each with their light, walking with confidence into the darkness around them.
In 1 Peter 2 v9-10, we are told: “…you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
This in an inspiring description of the people of God – or the community of faith as it is sometimes described. But we are here for a purpose: to take the light of the good news out into the community around us. However, our first priority is to be the community which God calls us to be. Over the next few weeks, I’m looking forward to learning what kind of community God wants us to become. Join me on the journey!
Yours in Christ