This week I have been doing an intensive MA unit with Ridley College entitled “Theology of Work – Bridging Sunday & Monday”. It has been very insightful and encouraging to see and hear the way Christians in business and vocations are catching a vision for mission and serving God in those spheres. As former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Abraham Kuyper once stated, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!” I am looking forward to Term 4 when we will undertake a major focus across the church to encourage, equip and enable people to discover new ways of connecting their faith to everyday life.
The framework for our year, term by term, is as follows:
1. Revive Prayer (sacrificial, devoted, intentional prayer at a new level)
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Lk 18:1
“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 6:18
2. Renew Worship (cultivating a rhythm of awe and wonder in daily life and together on Sundays)
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” Jn 4:23–24
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Heb 12:28
3. Rebuild Community (grow in care, concern and friendship with one another)
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Col 3:12–14.
4. Reach Out (regain a heart and passion for mission, local and global)
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Mt 9:36–38.
In the current term we have been hearing from the prophets a call to put God first again in our hearts and lives. Term 3 will be an extended exposition on the call to Love in the New Testament.
For now, however, Amanda and I are having our annual leave and looking forward to a break. We leave with hearts full of praise and gratefulness to our Lord Jesus for all he has done, is doing, and will do among us as his people at Kew Baptist. Thank you for your prayers, love and partnership in the good news of Jesus.