How should we recognise and release deacons in the church?
Advancing the Kingdom in Durban.
The one thing we can be sure of is that Jesus has called us on a great adventure with Him.
“The other reason it feels surreal is that although it has been a recent announcement for most people, for Sara and I this has been a long time coming, now we are finally here. Pinch me.”
When you take a step of faith and walk in obedience, you discover that God is faithful and true to His Word.
James & Cindy Thornhill-Fisher are responding to God’s voice by planting a church in Cork County.
We have had a lot of people from Four12 partnering churches come and visit us. Some people drove more than 8 hours on just to support us on a Sunday morning.
If I could go back in time to the day we were asked to plant a new Joshua Generation Church congregation, my response now would be the same…and yet very different.
We played some music, got the food ready, and waited for the students. And they came. They came hungry, curious, grateful and ready to hang out. Inevitably, they wanted to know one thing: why?
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…
“We need many more ‘healthy’ local churches in every nation across the world today, but the key word is ‘healthy’.”
In a new and unfamiliar season, we can miss what the Lord is doing in our hearts and lives. As I look back, I see that the initial ‘discomfort’ I experienced was part of the good work the Lord was doing in my life.
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’.
Remaining submitted to the Elders back in Cape Town we started our first ‘church gathering’ with 4 people in our lounge.
The time had come for a new light, a new lighthouse, the lighthouse of Jesus calling forth all to the safety of the shores of His love.
It has been my absolute privilege to do this on the Isle of Man by being a part of the launch of Living Hope’s fifth congregation – Douglas PM!
That’s how Oxygen Life Church was planted 15 years ago, and it’s time to do it again for the third time! In ten weeks, mid-February 2017
“My one word for our time in Hoedspruit, well for all of life as a Christian really, is RISK. There is no adventure without risk, but oh if you allow God to lead you on the adventure He so longs to lead you on, you will see His provision and providence in ways you could never imagine.”…
Four12 ran a month-long Church Planters training course in April which was led by Andrew Selley and hosted by Joshua Generation Church (JoshGen) in Cape Town.
The book of Acts describes the planting of new churches as the most effective means to disciple people and demonstrate authentic christianity into local communities. In the last year we have been privileged to see two congregations planted into Harare, Zimbabwe and another one in Pretoria (Church Zao).
In April 2015, Four12 will launch a Church Planters Course. This course is for those who feel called to…