Excuses, excuses! Yes, sorry. Once again no time to add to the blog.
Our Brighton leaders’ conference Together on a Mission proved a huge blessing. Already over 13,000 downloads of the preaching and we don’t have all the material posted yet, so we are encouraged.
Since then I have been to Rendezvous our Newfrontiers French Bible Week, where again we experienced God’s blessing. I preached at seven sessions and greatly enjoyed being there – if only to escape the British floods!
Most of my teaching was based on Ephesians, particularly chapters 2, 3 and 4, where I worked hard to try to establish the identity of God’s people in Christ and in the New Covenant, and was pleased to discover that the French word for ‘obsolete’ is similar to the English, so that we could rejoice together as I asked the congregation to repeat and shout out after me ‘obsolete!’ It’s great to know where we stand in terms of the Old Covenant and to enthusiastically embrace God’s wonderful New Covenant arrangement for us in Christ. Some had seemed a little confused about mingling the old and new, but as we spent hours together in the Scriptures things got clearer.
The sense of fellowship among the saints from across France was exceptional. Some had travelled for up to thirteen hours from the North West to be with us as we met in the South.
Times of worship experienced a rich sense of God’s presence, and some were healed and many were blessed. I certainly hope to return next year and look forward to the prospect of being with such a wonderful group of people.
Now Wendy and I go to Newday where about 6,000 teenagers will be camped together. I anticipate a great time. They have asked me to tell my story, so I have to speak to the thousands of teenagers about our roots and how God has blessed us throughout the years of the history of Newfrontiers so far. I hope they don’t fall asleep as this old guy goes muttering on.
After Newday Wendy and I have one day before flying out to Montana for two weeks of ministry, followed immediately by some holiday in Gignac in the South of France, which we both look forward to.
Sadly the blog will have to wait but please take advantage of the many downloads available from Together on a Mission.
Also notice that the weekly Bible Studies continue and my diary has had a number of updates.