Wisdom and Crying

We’ve got our leaders learning community this weekend,  I’m excited because they are always good!

H and I are doing bits of final preparation today. As I prayed this morning 2 bits from the lectionary readings struck me –

Ephesians 3:10 talks about a church that displays God’s wisdom.  That’s the goal!  That’s one of the main reasons we do missional communities and all the training events.

Psalm 107 has a repeated refrain:  “they cried out to the Lord and he delivered them…”. God’s wisdom,  God’s glory is so often displayed by turning back to him.  By changing minds, and living differently. 

I’m hopeful that the learning community tonight and tommorrow will give lots of opportunity for our communities, and for the churches joining in with us, to turn to God, to change minds, to stretch into new ways of living.  Then maybe we’ll better display God’s wisdom so that even more people will realise they can cry out to him in their distress and experience his rescue.

You can find out more about learning communities and the people who have helped us with them here.

Keeping Going

Missional Communities Blog

IMG_20150123_110245An essential part of the journey of a disciple and a leader is the point at which they realize the vision God has called them to is impossible,  it can’t be done.   Unless we allow ourselves to go through that period of disillusionment any project we develop or community we lead will be built on optimism and charisma.

“Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”  John 12:24

Jesus’ words were pointing to his own death and resurrection, but they also reveal to us the pattern we should expect in following the vision God has given us.  As the missionary Hudson Taylor is reported to have said:

“There are three stages to every great work of God; first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”*

These moments of…

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