This Sunday evening (22nd April, 6.30pm at The Coign Church building) we have our next Vision Focus evening, and it’s going to be a key one for our church.
During the evening, among other things, we will reveal the new name for our church, along with details of a new Vision Statement and Mission Statement and of course a new logo and artwork. It’s going to be a very significant time for us together, which will shape our culture and focus our vision more sharply for the way ahead.
On the three Sundays following this (29th April; 6th May; 13th May) we will be holding gift days to help fund our new building project. These are also very significant for us and will shape our future as well.
There’s a lot going on right now!
Pressing forward in faith
Two weeks ago I spoke about growing in faith, looking at the story of Jesus healing a man who had been born blind (John 9). Do have a listen if you missed it.
In the talk I listed seven barriers to faith:
- Lack of knowledge
- Self Righteousness
These barriers to faith, can also be barriers in our hearts when it comes to our response to change.
As we go through these times of change, we each need to watch our hearts and ask if any of these things are standing in the way of us fully and joyfully embracing where God is leading us together.
Which of these is is the biggest challenge for you personally?
Sometimes we can’t see the end from the beginning, but we have faith in a God who can.
A call to faith and prayer
As we go through these times of change together I want to call us to faith and to prayer.
I would encourage all of us to be at our prayer meetings during the following week (Tuesday 24th at 8pm; Wednesday 25th at 2pm and 8pm).
I would also encourage each of us to consider seeking God personally in periods prayer and fasting. We need God’s help as we move forward; our human efforts are not enough! Let’s be diligent to bring our church before God in prayer during these weeks.
And please pray for your leaders too; we always need it and value it.
“… pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Eph 6v18)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4v6-7)
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12v2)