Sitting working at home today it looks like Spring has arrived in our garden at last! Long may the sunshine continue!
I love this quote from Song of Songs:
“See! The winter is past; the rains (and snow) are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” (Songs of Songs 2v11-13)
Jesus loves his church
We are Jesus’ bride, and He calls us to arise and follow him. He is the one who brings us growth and fruitfulness, and we’ve certainly seen some fruit recently, for example last weekend we had the joy of 12 baptisms. This included people from eight different nations: Nigeria, South Africa, Cyprus, Spain, China, Brazil, South Korea and the UK. Jesus is at work in our church!
A new season
As a church we’re about to embark on a significant new season, full of of change, to help us become even more effective and fruitful:
- On Sunday April 22nd we announce the new name for our church at our Vision Focus Evening (6.30pm at The Coign Building)
- After that we will have Gift Days towards the New Building Project
- In May our new name will go live and we will relaunch ourselves in Woking
These are significant changes and will impact us all in various ways. As we go through these changes, we would be naive to think that it will all be smooth sailing or that we don’t have to be both watchful and prayerful.
Let’s keep watch on ourselves
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith …” 1 Peter 5v8-9
Our enemy would love to spoil our beautiful new season and halt the growth that God is bringing us, so let’s pray and let’s be watchful … and let’s not do his job for him!
Let’s each keep a close watch on our own hearts as we go through these changes.
Five things to watch our hearts for
These changes are positive and exciting, yet change can also be challenging for some people, so let’s make sure we each handle things well.
Here are five possible challenges we might face, which could damage our church if not handled well! Also, here are some links to helpful resources for each situation.
Watch out for fear: excellent link here
Watch out for gossip: check out this excellent article
Watch out for negativity: excellent resource here
Watch out for ungodly criticism: try this link
Watch out for disappointment: this article is particularly helpful
And finally, let’s keep on praying as we move forward together into our future as a church.