Living Life Now

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Together On A Mission 2007... Main Session 7

This message was brought by David Stroud. I've always liked Mr Stroud; he's very easy to listen to, yet what he has to say is just fantastic. This message echoed the one brought by Dave Devenish the previous night.

Preaching from Acts 13: 1 - 4 , he spoke about how the church in Antioch grew to 100,000 out of a population of 300,000.

He then went on to point out 5 'Things That Will Bind Us'. These things should ensure growth of churches.

  1. Be a people of the Spirit together. The presence of the Spirit draws in the unbeliever. With Antioch, decisions were made by God speaking.

  2. Prophets and Teachers: Deeply dependent on Scripture. Weshape ourselves not only individually, but corporately by the Book = Word and Spirit together.

  3. Apostles. Word and Spirit churches MUST be multiplied.

  4. Evangelicals. It is ridiculous to try and fulfill the Mission without apostles and teachers.

  5. Be full of confidence. Confidence in God and His ultimate success. "Expect great things from God, Attempt great things for God".

David Stroud finished by pointing out 3 essential things to remember.

  1. Don't get stuck in one place.

  2. Get connected to apostles and prophets.

  3. Build a team that is gifted to build Word and Spirit churches.
I have visited Dave Stroud's Church, ChristChurch in London, and I have to say that I was very impressed. It's a young and vibrant church, and Dan wrote a great review about that visit, calling it a "dangerous church" - read it here.


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