We had a great time at the Norfolk for the Nations "Rural Churches" dayin Norwich. Around 250 people gathered for worship, a stirring wordfrom Mike Betts, seminars and prophetic ministry.Mike’s preach on Acts 4 was apostolic for us as a group of Churches andChurch Plants in Norfolk. Touching Heaven, Changing Earth was its titleand in summary Mike imparted the following 4 truths!
1) Hitting the wallv23 "on their release" The healthiest place to be as at the end of yourown confidence and capability, so you have to rely on God working inyou.
2) Touching heaven v24f "when they heard it…they lifted their voices to God" Prayer has to be our first response.Healthy prayers remind God what He has said!
3) Changing Earthv29 "Enable your servants… stretch out yoru hands" They didn’t askGod to remove the problem, but for heavenly resouces to deal with it.God enabes us and anoints us when we have hit the wall and ask Him to!
4) Receive the Spirit v31- the direct answer to the prayer for God’s enabling. One of the keybenefits for us what meeting some of the folk planning to move toKing’s Lynn for the first time – some of who are committing to run withus and other were looking in! It seems to me that the Norfolk churchesreally are building like "a family on a mission together". They reallydo embody friends first on a mission. I love that – sometimes we arejust too task oriented! What we are enjoying as we move to Norfolk isgenuine friendship, great times of fun and food and ministry andapostolic purpose!
Jan and I are off to Sweden to encourage and bless aNewfrontiers Church there called KlippanThey are based in Rockneby, which is a small village about 15 kms northof Kalmar on the south-east coast of Sweden. They have a funky band,which is on myspace. Do pray that we have an excellent time building friendships, encouraging and bringing ministry!