We’ve beenpreaching through Philippians and next Sunday Andy King will be in thelast half of chapter 3 "Not that I have already obtained all this, orhave been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for whichChrist Jesus took hold of me"
Whata power packed verse – Jesus laid hold of us with His amazinggrace and to come to King’s Lynn to plant a church that will plantchurches in the Fens and around the Wash. We’ve only started, but havebeen amazed by the hand of God. We are now pressing on to take hold ofwhat Jesus wants to do in and through us!
Please pray for us…
Sundays have been growing steadily, especially since we moved venue.
I’ve just finished Mark Driscoll’s Preaching and Teaching Jesus whileon the exercise bike. It is so good, I will go through it again makingnotes. Then I found the printed notes. The Acts 29 Network have split the talk into 5 parts, but here’s the original. There’s gold in them there hills. I would highly recommend this tape and notes for all preachers!
We have had a great Christmas break -just what we needed – 10 daysof havingÂ time with friends and family, feasting and having a lot offun. We went to Sandringham to see the Queen on Christmas Day and endedup having a brief chat with Princess Anne. Taking a friend to Londonfor their first time was definite highlight, even though I was runninga temparature that day. It was so relaxing I didn’t pick up a book thewhole 10 days!
I’ve enjoyed praying through the attributes of God using the Navigators 30 days of Praying the names and attributes of God. I’ve also been continuing with their Book at a time Bible Reading plan. Both those resources are well worth a free download.
I’vetaken to listening to sermons while on my cross trainer every morning(although the last two weeks I’ve not been on, due to a cold and thusput on some Christmas weight!). I’ve not wanted to listen to heavystuff while exercising and wanted faith building stuff – so Bill Johnson’s free download of the month have been on most of last term. David Holden’s "Holy Spirit in the Church"seminar from last years Brighton conference has been stirring too.Currently I’m listening to an outstanding talk by Mark Driscoll on preaching Jesus – awesome stuff and long too!
TheGateway Church is moving venue this Sunday to Greyfriars Primary School- which is far more central and warmer and cleaner. We are lookingforward to a season of continued growth as we build towards ourofficial launch in February.
We are holding a newday event foryoung people at the end of half term. It will be a day of training andpractical evangelism to publicise The Gateway Church – details are at http://www.thegatewaychurch.info/index.php?pageid=50
We hosted Ian McCormack on Thursday evening. It was great! About 70turned up including around 20 from our mother Church in St Ives (Thanksguys!).
Ian told the story of the night he died and saw a glimpseof eternity – he spoke for 1hr and 15mins but was very easy to listento.
One of our teens became a Christian and as did a lady from St Ives. Someone else re-dedicated their life to the Lord.
Igot to meet some new people from town including a couple who don’t yetknow Jesus and so we will be meeting people for coffee and chat!
Two other folks said they’d come back this Sunday.
So we are pretty encouraged.
Weare now gearing up for our first carol service – which is always agreat excuse to invite everyone we know and Tom, Dick and Harry too.
|Yesterday I was with the Norfolk Newfrontiers Elders as we pondered a synopsis of David Devenish’s paper on the nature of apostolic ministry, given by Maurice Nightingale.
Theapostolic ministry is more about revelation than function – the"mystery made known" is a key theme of Paul’s apostolic ministryespecially as expressed in the book of Ephesians. That mystery revealedis the Gospel of the Kingdom – which is rooted in OT promises andprophecies not fully understood then, but now revealed!
The people of God is the Church made up of Jewish and Gentile believers who are now "one new man in Christ".
The now reigning Christ – our apostolic mandate is to bring the blessing of the dynamic rule of God’s Kingdom into the world today.
The Temple of God "TheOld Testament tabernacle and temples were symbolically designed topoint to the cosmic eschatalogical reality that God’s tabernaclingpresence, formerly limited to the holy of holies, was to be extendedthroughout the whole earth" – The people of God, filled with the Spiritare the dwelling place of God on the earth – the New Temple.
The Blessing of the nations God’s intention was always that all the nations would be blessed – Gen12:1-3. We have been sent to every nation to make disciples.
Headystuff and has huge practical implications as we live out our dailylives at work and plant churches with that worldview constantly in mind!
Wehave got Ian McCormack coming to share his story of the night he died!We are looking forward to a mighty time and to gathering a few morepeople into the Church plant.
We are pretty much settled in to King’s Lynn now. The kids love their new school and are making friends.
We have delivered about 12000 leaflets now and so far had 31 visitorsthrough the doors! We have one non-Christian on Alpha which is exciting.
This week a super Russian couple, Daniel and Alisa came to visit with aview to moving up to be with us to reach out to the Russian speakingcommunity. We went to the two Eastern European Supermarkets and hadsome good conversations – well okay, they did!!!
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Please pray for
1) 3 more house sales to get the team here
2) Finances to house the Russians
3) A mighty time of guests and salvations when Ian McCormack comes on the 6th December
4) Our Alpha guest finds Christ and is baptised in the Spirit