Church planting - like so much of life in general - experiences its highs and lows. The seasons of exciting change and the seasons of delay, pain and anguish. Although I've heard it said many times by Christians and the bible itself, I'm learning on a deeper personal level, that hanging on to God's promises is so important when the going gets tough.
The definition of a promise = a declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen.
So the title of this post, if you haven't already guessed, is a little tongue-in-cheek! A while a go John and I became the proud owners of what we now lovingly refer to as our 'Spoon of Destiny'. The spoon isn't special in itself, it's just a whittled wooden spoon. We don't believe it has any mystical powers or anything daft like that! Yet, the story of how we came to have it and what it represents is rather special. I have come to
When I was first exploring faith I began to read the bible I used to find the sections in the New Testament a bit bizarre. They talk about people having God ‘show’ them things like visions whilst they were either asleep or awake. (Read the book of Acts). Coming to know Jesus for myself and asking Him to help me understand His ways, thoughts and answer my questions, I have begun to understand a bit more about how he communicates. It’s actually not as
As a church Jubilee felt they had heard God say EAST EAST EAST (Part 1), meaning we should start a church in the East of Hull. Then John and I had felt God speak to us as a couple and say EAST EAST EAST (PART 2) to us, confirm we were to lead the church plant and take a team with us from Jubilee to do it.
We now knew beyond all doubt that God had a plan for us and that it was separate
It had become fairly apparent that God was leading Jubilee to start a new church in the East of Hull, the question now was who was going to lead it? Who did God want to work through to bring it to life? Who would we send out as part of the team in order to see God's desires for East Hull come about? Jubilee called another prayer meeting and began to ask people to consider if they felt it should be them that God
I've been meaning, for a while, to try to record our journey of planting River City Church. There are a number of reasons for this 1) so that we don't forget what an incredible journey we're on;
2) to remind ourselves it is Jesus' idea and not our own;
3) to list some of the ways that God speaks to and guides His people, and lastly
4) to encourage others to be bold in asking God what plans He has for you.
Hope you enjoy reading!
Around two years
In Genesis 26 Isaac is on the search for water. Not just any old water, but 'living water'. By this the Bible means not just a well that has water at the bottom of it, but a well filled with a source of water that 'bubbles up, that flows', where the well does not need to be laboured over but as they begin to dig the water flows out freely. His servants move from place to place, digging wells here, there and everywhere until