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Storyline: Understand Your Story

Story is an excellent metaphor for understanding your life. A story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. It has a theme, characters, subplots, trajectory, tone and genre. It helps to see your story as a subplot in the bigger story that we call “history”, which is really about God’s story in the world. Seeing your life in that context gives it new meaning and significance. God’s story is huge. It began before time began and it will continue when time is no more. Ultimately, the Bible is a story - a narrative of God at work in history... Read more →

Mark Sayers

Mark Sayers is a writer and speaker, who is highly sought out for his insights into faith, contemporary culture and the future of the Church in the West. Mark is the Senior Leader of Red Church, and the co-founder of Über Ministries. Check out his BLOG. He was a guest speaker at our recent INSPIRE Conference. Mark is the author of The Trouble With Paris: Following Jesus in a World of Plastic Promises (Thomas Nelson 2008), The Vertical Self: How Biblical Faith Can Help Us Discover Who We Are In An Age of Self Obsession (Thomas Nelson 2010), The Road... Read more →

A Word of Encouragement this Week

Near the end of his first letter to the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote this: 1 Corinthains 15:58. With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don't hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort. Message Bible * There is a lot going in. * In the midst of it all, God is for us. * We must stand our ground. This requires strength, courage, tenacity, and perseverance. * We must not hold back. Don't allow... Read more →

Fighting Spiritual Infection

A few days ago one of our family members was very sick. In fact, so sick we had to take them to hospital. It turned out they had caught a strong infection and simply needed a good dose of antibiotics to kill it off. Thankfully, they are better now. After this, I was thinking how susceptible we are to infection and variosu viruses – not just natural ones but also to emotional and spiritual challenges such as doubt, discouragement, fear, apathy and disappointment. None of us are immune! Thankfully, we have access to the person and power of the Holy... Read more →

Mother's Day

This coming Sunday is Mother's Day. I realise that this can be a difficult day for some people. Maybe your mother passed away recently, or you don’t have a good relationship with your mum, or maybe you always wanted to become a mum and it hasn’t happened. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. It is, however, a good time to honour all of the mums. They are amazing people. Both Nicole and I lost our mothers a few years back now (Joyce Conner and Renata or 'Oma' Meyer). That's a good reminder to all of us to love... Read more →

Mission: The Work of God

Mission is the activity of God himself. It has its source not in the church but in the very nature of God. Mission is not just an activity or a department of the church. It is an attribute or a character quality of God. God is a missionary God. [The word “mission” is not used in the Bible. It comes from the word “to send”, which in the Greek language is “missio”] 1. God the Father sent the Son into the world. Jesus was the first missionary. John 3:16-17. … God did not send his Son into the world to... Read more →

William Carey, the Father of Modern Missions

William Carey was one of the main instruments in God’s hand for the restoration of mission into the mainstream of Protestant Christianity through his writing, emphasis on prayer for world evangelisation and promotion of practical structures for mission. He was not the first to preach on missions, but he was the one used by God to lift the lid of the church preventing it overflowing to the world. He was preceded by great preachers and theologians such as Jonathan Edwards, and also a few significant missionaries like David Brainerd. The month of May 1792 was a pivotal time for church... Read more →

Whatever Happened to Mission?

What Happened to Missions? D espite the clarity of Jesus' commission to his followers, we have seen a “marginalisation of mission” over the last 2,000 years. 1. Mission has been belittled in the church. Many Christians have inherited mindset in church that has almost excluded mission altogether or has pushed it to the sideline of what church is all about. For years, mission has had little importance to the average Christian. Our own needs are so great that we easily neglect the mission mandate, leaving it to the few “mission-heads” who feel the call. Mission’s reputation? Boring slide shows from... Read more →

The Biblical Basis of World Impact

The dominant theme of Jesus' last 40 days on earth was world evangelisation and included a Great Commission: Matthew 24:14. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. NIV Acts 1:8. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. NIV This is an incredible global mission given to 11 people! Minister locally in Jerusalem, their city (streets and... Read more →