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6. Moses Shepherd of the Nation | God's declaration of intent

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This is part 6 of message recorded at Kings Church Kingston in August 2014

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5. Moses Shepherd of the Nation | Why did you ever send me?

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This is part 5 of message recorded at Kings Church Kingston in August 2014

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Some reflections on 11 weeks in the USA


Wendy and I have recently returned from a fairly long visit to the US which took us literally from coast to coast and resulted in our feet standing in several states; California, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Missouri, Massachusetts and Vermont and speaking at 39 meetings.
 
I spoke at 3 Newfrontiers weekend Celebrations where hundreds of believers gathered and also in several churches new to me, as well as at pastors conferences.
 
What did I observe? 

Certainly some breathtaking country, including Red Rock Canyon in Nevada, sequoia and giant redwood trees in California and the stunning and simple beauty of Vermont.

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More importantly I saw and heard Christians in a number of locations and on a variety of spiritual journeys and spoke individually to several pastors and elders.  I have encountered a growing hunger among leaders of churches who love scripture and submit themselves to it’s authority, but also long for more manifest awareness of His presence.  One guy recently wrote to me telling me how he had grown weary of the legalism in his Pentecostal church, discovered reformed doctrine, and switched to a Presbyterian church but now longed for more of an awareness and sensitivity to the presence of the Holy Spirit and a life of genuine celebration of God’s grace.
 
We also met some who were weary of lightweight novelty masquerading as life in the Spirit.  It seemed that there is a growing hunger for more reality, deeply rooted in sound theology, but with a clear possibility and even probability that the living God might for instance heal some sick people in the meeting.  We saw several people healed while there and several freshly filled with the Holy Spirit, manifesting spiritual gifts.  We also saw some who were healed, then themselves laying hands on the sick who were in turn healed.
 
It was great in some locations to preach through Romans and set out a grace filled message, setting people free from previously held legalistic concepts.
 
Church schools, promising Christian education but often providing a diet of moralism and legalism are in danger of raising a generation devoid of commitment to the radical life-changing gospel of grace.
 
While there we also encountered pastors weary of non-relational church life.  Guys “hired” and subsequently “fired” by an unbiblical “Board” in an atmosphere completely foreign to the New Testament with relationships distant and formal – more like a business than the church of the living God.
 
Many long for something better, something that looks more like Biblical Christianity.
 
I saw a nation with far more Christian presence than anywhere in Western Europe but with a growing tide of anti-Christian hostility and advancing secularism.  A serious spiritual battle rages in the country that for generations has been the worlds strongest so called Christian nation.

Terry Newfrontiers Northeast Celebration
What is needed? 

My personal observation would be robust churches, deeply rooted in Scripture, alive to the Holy Spirits presence, celebrating Christ, relevant to the culture, enjoying honest relationships, free from legalism and making Jesus known to their communities.
 


I thank God for the growing number of Newfrontiers churches but also for the privilege of discovering and joining hands with a growing number of friends across the nation, whose history differs from mine but whose longing for God’s glory looks very similar.
 

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