He asked for people to respond to the Lord if they wanted to declare to God “use me anywhere, anyhow, anytime etc.” and when I stood up to respond I knew without a doubt that God had seen this and that He took it seriously.
When you have made a decision to die to yourself, living for Christ is the most amazing adventure.
One thing we have learned in this short space of time, having begun working on the ground in October 2018 in Khayelitsha, is that church planting is a wild, adventurous ride and requires an immediate response to God’s call.
To be honest, there were often times when we felt that we were too young to plant a church, or even be involved in a church plant, but I was reminded of a scripture where Paul writes to Timothy…
Our last meeting as Freedom Life was quite emotional, this was the laying down of one dream to choose to embrace God’s plan and ‘new thing’.
What seemed like an eternity (and a bit like a little dress rehearsal), turned out to be God, setting me up for something far greater.
People tend to fall into two extremes when following leadership. What are they and how can we avoid these pitfalls?
Courage is not the absence of fear! Courage is acknowledging our fear… and then stepping out, in the face of our fear, to fight for what we know is right.
If we learn to discern God’s gentle nudgings we can save ourselves much pain.
Thankfully I had also heard Andrew Selley’s words to the church “fill a gap wherever there is a gap in the church, if it is something you like to do or not”.
The unknown is always scary- but isn’t the essence of adventure, needing to pluck up the courage to step out into the unknown? Choosing boldness, even when your gut reaction emotions tempt you to “feel” anything but brave.
I was so set on seeing this prophetic word become a reality that I didn’t stop to ask God what He thought about my future plans. Without realising it I was following the prophetic word instead of following God’s voice.
Our response to this new adventure was “Yes Lord!” We’ll do whatever it is you ask of us. Our hearts were fired up, full of faith because Jesus was walking with us and showing us the next step.
When it comes to a life of fruitfulness that brings glory to the Father, good intentions just don’t cut it.
The devil couldn’t gain a hold over Jesus’ heart or mind because Jesus was given over to God first. He didn’t gallivant around doing His own thing and then try to resist the devil.
You may be a friend of God, but are you a good friend?
Remaining submitted to the Elders back in Cape Town we started our first ‘church gathering’ with 4 people in our lounge.
Being a Christian means being a disciple of Christ. But what implications does this have for my life?
But aren’t the costumes all just harmless fun for children? And if grown-ups want to dress as a sexy witch or dapper vampire, what’s wrong with that?
Shaun reviews ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ and speaks about some of the relevant issues it highlights.
I am no one extraordinary and no I’m not insecure about this truth. In fact I revel in the truth that I don’t need to be anyone special to fulfill the God given commission given to us all as believers.
Christ who lives in me, is now the centre of my universe. He has replaced the big I with the ever-increasing HIM. His desires have now been placed in my spirit and I have an entirely new and all-powerful ‘engine’ operating from within my being…