The winds of change are blowing.....
11th June 2021
THE SUN IS SHINING... BUT THE WINDS OF CHANGE ARE BLOWING...
Rev Peter Timothy
Minister, Park Baptist Church
As I write, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and Mia is splashing around in her paddling pool
It’s a lovely reminder that summer is finally here, after a very wet May and what seemed like a very long lockdown. While caution is still needed and some restrictions remain in place, the successful rollout of the vaccinations seems to have given the country a much-needed morale boost
The big question then, is “what next?” What effect will the past 16 months have had upon the way people engage with church? The key issues and questions that unbelievers are asking? The kinds of problems in our community that are crying out for the transformative power of the Holy Spirit?
I believe in the coming years we will look back upon 2020/21 as a watershed moment for the church. Did we use the opportunity to reflect and ask difficult questions about what is and isn’t working in the way we engage with others and share the gospel? Did we challenge ourselves to consider how we intentionally make and grow disciples?
Paul’s famous words in Romans 12:2 seems relevant: ”Do not conform any longer 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”
Throughout church history, God has reminded his followers that our faith is in a living God. Through his Spirit, Christ is always doing new things. It is how the gospel has flourished over two millennia. Our call is to have our minds renewed - again and again - in order to see God afresh
Christians have been inspired to reexamine and to rethink our practices and to return to the Scriptures, seeking fresh eyes in order to understand God’s Living Word for the present day. It is a challenge, and one with which we must engage if we are to see new faces opening themselves to an encounter with Jesus in this post-Covid world. For example, how do we engage our newfound online viewers? Are we moving towards a ‘church without walls’ scenario, where the Sunday service is no longer the axis upon which our week revolves?
Let us use these coming months to prayerfully consider what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and a member of his body, the church. May we be inspired to know God’s good, pleasing and perfect will
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