Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Listening to the Voice of Hope

Lots of positive feedback on our Sunday gatherings.

The conflict Catrina and I had in front of everyone on Sunday morning seems to have provoked a lot of positive debate - you can catch it on the Kerith website if you missed it - in summary there have been a few DIY projects around the house which I've been putting off! There was a bit of a hitch on the wardrobe building front (one of the projects I've been putting off) as I got it out of the box yesterday and found it had come without any instructions - and that's not just my excuse for putting off building it! Anyway, the instructions have been emailed through now so I'm without excuse. Please try and find half an hour this week to sit down with somebody else and try and spend 15 minutes listening to each other without interrupting, reassuring or going off at a tangent. Why not post a comment to let us all know how you got on!

I thought Rachel Hickson was very inspiring on Sunday evening speaking on us having genuine hope. Hopefully it will be up on the website soon, but in summary she gave four steps to hope.

H - Have a God given heart cry of desire with a faith filled expectation of your desire being fulfilled. Be irritated to hope for more.

O - Open new doors. Lev 26:10 says "You will still be eating last year's harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new". Be willing to let go in order to grow.

P - Press through delay. Job 14:7-9 says "At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant." Don't give in to the lies of the devil that it will never happen.

E - Eager expectation. Let the house of God be a house characterised by love which gives the greenhouse effect to allow us to live the life of faith. This ties in well with the what we're looking at in the mornings.

For me I felt she lifted the whole expectation around our summer Hope08 events, believing God for something much bigger than just a week of social action followed by a fun day but for God to do a whole new things amongst us and through us. Please don't forget to come to the prayer meeting at Easthampstead Baptist on Thursday - I'd love us to pack it out and bring an atmosphere of hope to the proceedings.

Have a great week and hope to see you on Thursday evening,

Simon.

4 comments:

Belinda said...

I really enjoyed the little dramatisation you did at this Part 1 of All you need is love. I would really love to have it and send it to all my friends. It just gave me an idea how differently we think as men and women.

By the way seeing as I am posting this today might as well say I really enjoyed the service today with Gordon and Gail Macdonald.

Lastly, have you ever thought of celebrating something like Africa Day? I have been invited to Stafford Baptist where they are having an Africa Day Service on the 25th and it made me wonder whether as a church BFC would ever do something like that??

B.

p/s - Why the name change? I love saying I go to Bracknell Family Church??!

Simon Benham said...

Hi Belinda - great to hear from you.

You can get the dramatisation we did by downloading the whole sermon from the Kerith website. I'm sure you can then extract just that first bit of the sermon to send to your friends.

An Africa day sounds like an excellent idea. We've done an international day before and it's probably about time we did something similar again - we'll add it to the list of things to consider for future Sunday mornings.

As for the name change I did do a blog entry before outlining the reason for the doing it. It's in the archives from November 2007 - hopefully that explains it all.

Hope you're enjoying the weather :-)

Simon.

Belinda said...

Thanks for that. Will try and do that. Whether is great...my boys are loving their little pool in the garden :)

B.

Tired... said...

I don't believe I just spelt weather wrong...I need to get some sleep :) B.