Blueprint, part 11. God doesn’t just command certain things of us, he empowers us through the Holy Spirit to fulfil them. One of the things he’s called us to do is to bring joy to the ends of the earth.
Blueprint, part 10. The world is crying out for family: a place where you’re accepted, you belong and are known. The church is the family of God, but we’re so immersed in our individualistic British culture that often we’re much … Continue reading “The Family of God”
Blueprint, part 9. In Matthew 5 Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount: his mandate for what life in God’s kingdom will look like. He tells his disciples that they will be the salt of the earth, the light of … Continue reading “A City on a Hill”
Blueprint, part 8. The Church is the ultimate example of the ‘ugly duckling’ storyline. Her destiny is to be unveiled as the bride of Jesus Christ, radiant and glorious. But in the meantime, she is an awkward, compromised, and often … Continue reading “The Bride of Christ”
Blueprint, part 7. You cannot stop the Kingdom of God. Over the last 100 years the number of people who identify as Christians has grown from 600 million to 2.18 billion. Despite the current outlook in the UK, Christianity around … Continue reading “The Jesus Movement”
Blueprint, part 4. The Church has been put in place by God to hold high the truth so that everyone can see it. Our job is to stand strong, without bending, subsiding or collapsing. Don’t just do something. Stand there!
Part 2. What does a church filled with the Holy Spirit look like? Every Christian needs the ongoing baptism and filling of the Holy Spirit to live out the lives God’s called us to.
Part 1. The community of believers that God establishes and brings together is beautiful. As individuals we’re all flawed, we’re all different, and the church is by no means perfect. But we’ve been put together by a master builder who … Continue reading “The Dream”
The life of the church needs both the eucharistic depth and the charismatic heights. Like jumping on a trampoline: your height is produced by your depth. You can’t have one without the other.