Imagine: Universe with no purpose; railway tracks with no destination; ship with no destination; a church with no vision. As a local church we have a purpose or there is no point and everyone might as well do what they like. The writer of proverbs reminds us that "Where there is no revelation (vision), people cast off restraint…" (Prov 29:18). We have a vision at BLCC to "Share Christ & Do Good to ALL People". The vision is short & simple but achievable if we all play our part as individuals. The prophet Habakkuk reminds us in chapter 2:2 to "Then the LORD answered me, "Write the vision. Make it clear on tablets so that anyone can read it quickly" (God’s Word Translation). How will the vision come to pass? When we see Christ for who He is and let Him dwell in us richly. It will then be a natural thing for us to share and do good because of His supernatural power at work in us. We also need to actively Reach, Serve, Share and Equip others. The extent to which we can achieve this is dependent on all of us…including you. Don’t hold back the work by doing nothing, but give God your everything and let Him work through you. Together, this community can be won for Christ!
Our Mission as a community church is in 4 areas: Reaching, Serving, Sharing & Equipping. Reaching is absolutely essential to what we have been called to do. READ ROMANS 10:14,15 now. If we are not actively reaching anyone then there’s no point in us being His church. There are about 18,000 people in our area, about 15,000 need to be reached by approximately 500 Christians in the churches in this area. This means that each one of us ought to build good relationships with about 30 people in our target area. Who said the job is done? WHO are we reaching? EVERYONE! "the harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few… "(Mathew 9:37). Jesus is our model for reaching people – read Mathews Gospel for lots of examples. WHY? The Great Commission (Mathew 28:19,20), Everyone needs the Saviour (Romans 3:23; 6:23). We are His ambassadors and have been called for this purpose. HOW? One by one. Your neighbour, friend, work colleague, family, anyone to whom the Lord puts on your heart. Use Facebook, twitter and other social media to build friendships. WHEN? Now! Don’t put it off, because the harvest crop doesn’t last forever. Let reaching people with the love and power of God be a natural occurrence in your life through His supernatural power at work in you! We must REACH the lost!
Every day we are called by one another to tell of the love of God through Jesus and of his great love for us. We usually find this very challenging and would rather side step this and leave it to the ‘church leader’ or ‘evangelist’. But is this what Christ wants? How can I tell people about the love of Christ that you’ve experienced? Or how can I share of the love of Christ that you received? It seems that we can only ‘tell and share’ when we are bold and courageous. Christ has provided us with what is needed to help us to be bold, fearless and confident…His Holy Spirit. We celebrate today, the outpouring of His Spirit at Pentecost today. Ask for the Holy Spirit today and receive His supernatural power to be ‘tell and share’ your story of His Love.
The Bank Holiday weekend is here yet again! If you have been following my drift, then you would’ve got the message that ‘holiday’ means a time to down tools, stop the routine, take a break, chillout…rest. Just in case you didn’t get a chance at the beginning of the month well, here is another bank holiday. Some people choose to take a short trip or vacation. Others use the time to walk in the country, catch up with family and friends, visit garden centres. What are you going to do? Stress yourself? Not good. Keep the machine running on normal mode? Not good. The bible requires for us to rest as it is important for our spiritual walk with the Lord, and many Christians today don’t appreciate the value of rest. I urge you to take time to rest, relax and enjoy the the best that God has given us in our world.
How did you spend the last bank holiday? Were you shopping, washing, decorating and all the rest? Yes, you got a lot done and were very productive. So, what is it about your busyness? Are you going to take the opportunity to stop? The banks do some good for a change, they close, shut down and stop on the bank holiday. It’s good for their business. Chill out, and let your hair down too! R & R (Rest & Relaxation) are important for us physically and for our souls. Jesus knows how much we are in need of rest and tells us in Mathew 11:28 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” So, plan and prepare to take it nice and easy this bank holiday and see how refreshed you will be in mind, body and soul for life’s next chapter!
May is the only month in the UK where we have two bank holidays. At the beginning of the month and at the end. Traditionally, on these days, the banks closed and no business was transacted. The bank holiday was a timely reminder that normal business can wait for a day. It was a time to stop, rest and play. It gives us an opportunity to recover, recharge and review our lives. In our world today, the bank holiday seems to be a "get up and go" occasion, where the diy unenthusiasts reluctantly hit the diy stores and the shopaholics head for the retail parks to shop for items that are not needed and cannot afford. Do not be tempted by this false notion of rest. Rest is important to your spiritual and physical walk with the Lord but today, many of us as Christians don’t appreciate the value of rest. Jesus says in Mathews gospel chapter 11 verses 28 to 30 ""Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Take time out this bank holiday to sit at his feet instead of the foot of a ladder or in the shoe shop and let Him restore your soul…
Have you heard of the saying "Where your treasure is there your heart will be also"? We have many interpretations of this. Some say it’s means where you put your focus and attention and investment: Money? People? Position? Possessions? Our love of money will draw us to money and the same goes for our love for people, position and possessions. Jesus teaches us not to "store up treasures for ourselves on earth"…because they won’t last. By nature treasure is something that lasts and lasts. The Psalmist says "Even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God (Psalm 90:1-2) He surely is our greatest treasure!