In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, we see that God promises to draw the nations to himself. Through Jesus, the nations will be blessed. Our unity in diversity reflects in part the very goodness and glory of God. As we celebrate 20 years of this church, we can be very thankful that God has graciously formed us as a community of different nationalities, languages and places.
Jim Elliot, Christian missionary and martyr, wrote in his journals 'Remember always that God has taught you the importance of a building ministry'.
The church is Gods ultimate Kingdom expression on the earth. Jesus came to build his church. He promised us that nothing would stop Him. He told stories of the building process often, the importance of clearing the clutter, the necessity of solid foundations and what the walls would look like.
Isaiah saw a vision of the big plan of God in history - to rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; to renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
When it comes to being broken-hearted, we tend to think of our own experiences through a victimised lens. God is an expert in having a broken heart, and he’s also the best healer of one. His promise to bind up the broken-hearted through The Anointed One is a great source of encouragement. In the words of Charles Spurgeon “there are many sorts of broken hearts, and Christ is good at healing them all.”
What was the priesthood of ancient Israel all about? What difference does this make to the church today? How could Isaiah promise: 'But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord; men shall call you the Ministers of our God?' The great revelation is that Jesus changed everything. When the curtain was torn in two when Jesus died and rose again, he ushered in a transformed priesthood of ALL believers.....and that means YOU!
This has always been a tough topic, what should the church be doing about poverty? In this talk Gavin gives some different descriptions of the poverty which we see around us everyday. He also challenges us to look at what the Bible says about helping the poor and how this can impact our day to day lives. Are we really a people who live lives which proclaim good news to the poor?