As a church family we are very excited about the future, as we stand on the verge of a thrilling new chapter. Where do we begin? How do we go on? Where do we want to end up? We all come from different backgrounds, different countries, we are different ages. Some of us are single and some are married, some work and some don’t. We need nothing less than the biggest, best and most exciting vision of all, to rally around and move into the future together.
Is there anything or anyone big enough to draw us all together, and fill our whole horizon?
JESUS Himself is the biggest, best, and most exciting vision of all. JESUS is the eternal Son of God. The founder of the galaxies and master of the universe. His birth in Bethlehem changed sunset to sunrise in the ancient world and the whole course of human history. Followers of JESUS went out to turn the world upside down; pioneered great civilisations, architecture, music, poetry, art, justice and dignity as through JESUS people all across the world were swept up into the life of the Living God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit forever. JESUS is everything. He is the biggest, best and most exciting vision of all. He has stood the test of time. He unites us with Christians down history and across the globe, He alone is worth living for. He alone is worth dying for. He is the one solid rock in a shifting world.
No one who has ever really met JESUS has ever been the same.
‘It is not we who can sustain the church, nor was it our forefathers, nor will it be our descendants. It was and is and will be the One who says, ‘I am with you always even unto the end of the world.’ As it says in Hebrews 13, ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever…’ Verily He is that One and no other is or can be. For you and I were not alive thousands of years ago, but the church was preserved without us, and it was done by the One of whom it is said, ‘the same yesterday, today and forever.’ Again we do not do it in our lifetime, for the church is not upheld by us…For us the church would perish before our very eyes, and we with it (as we daily prove) were it not for that other Man who manifestly upholds the church and us. This we can lay hold of and feel, even though we are loth to believe it, and we must needs give ourselves to the One of whom it is said, ‘the same yesterday today and forever…’
Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
C. S. Lewis
‘Expect Great things from God, Attempt great things for God.’