This blog was originally posted on the Relational Mission website
In May believers from across Europe gathered in Nis, Serbia for Together on a Mission 2019. The team running the event sent us this video that tries to capture something of the sense of unity, reconciliation, prophetic ministry and worship that characterised the weekend:
The following tweets, sent during and shortly after the conference, also convey something of the sense of God’s presence experienced by delegates.
Sunday pm with Roma Christians in Leskovac Serbia. Amazing trumpet-blast, call to begin. ‘Wild’, often simple, awesome worship. Prophetic ‘selahs’ – violin and drums. Kids, all ages praising. Healings expected, happening. In church and on the streets. Much to learn @RMchurches
Andy is a church planter who is currently based in the UK, having previously planted a church in the Middle East, as part of the Newfrontiers family of churches. In this Broadcast, Andy looks at how we can build teams that span different cultural backgrounds in our church plants.
‘The broadcast network was set up by the good people of Christ Church Manchester’ and hosts various resources related to church planting.
Find out about new teams, church planting, refugee ministry amongst the least reached peoples of the world.
Connect with like-minded people from across the Newfrontiers family, hear stories of what God is doing, learn how to get involved.
As a Newfrontiers family of churches, there is a huge and varied amount of mission being lived out in different parts of the world. This day will demonstrate our small contribution, with stories from across the Islamic world, some of them quite remarkable.
The focus of this day is to profile new church plants, teams and serving opportunities, primarily for those who have an interest in going, praying or supporting.
Guy Miller, who leads the Commission Network, will be our key guest speaker this year. In addition, we will be hearing from a variety of people who are reaching the unreached in a variety of different contexts.
Date: 6th July
Venue: Reading Family Church.
Lunch will not be provided. Please bring lunch for yourself that you will also be able to share with others, Middle Eastern-style!
You can find out more and book into the event by clicking here.
We felt it important to re-share this fabulous teaching from Terry Virgo, the video is from Crosspoint Church in the USA. Terry has also written a book of the same title and we give a review of the book and links to purchase a copy. The following review is as follows:
Ever had a week like this?
Sunday – go to church, sing joyful songs of praise, hear an encouraging and challenging sermon about fighting sin, leave with renewed resolution to obey God and beat temptation Monday – make time to read the Bible and pray, fight with sin going well, feel close to God. Tuesday – managed to scan over a Bible passage before running for the bus, feel flustered but still trying to live whole-heartedly for God. Wednesday – busy day, no time to pray, feeling weak. Thursday – give in to temptation, feel like a rubbish Christian.
And so it goes on.
In this commentary, the person constantly measures their spiritual success by their own achievements or failures. If they made time to pray, they feel good about where they stand with God. If they mess up, they feel ashamed. To them, the way God sees them fluctuates like a spiritual barometer. When they’re doing well, He’s smiling. When they’re not, He’s angry.
Terry Virgo’s book ‘God’s Lavish Grace’ is a fantastic smash-down to this way of thinking, which ensnares so many Christians today.
Virgo’s main point is that Jesus has obtained a place for us to stand in grace, a place of total acceptance and security. He goes through the book of Romans to demonstrate that ‘they which receive abundance of grace… shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ’ Rom 5:17
Therefore your daily walk with God is not about your spirituality or performance, but about your position in Christ.
Christ’s unchanging righteousness is yours every day and is not in the least dependent on your feelings or your performance!
God has not called us to a life of slavery but one of overcoming. We need to KNOW that the blood of Christ is sufficient to cleanse us from every sin (past, present and future); the cross is ENOUGH for us to be forgiven. We can’t earn God’s approval by our ‘good deeds’. On the cross, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ (John 19:30) He dealt with our sin completely. All that is left for us to do is to rejoice in the fact that we are totally accepted by God through Jesus, and then live a life liberated to serve Him, with the empowering help of the Spirit to fight sin.
Virgo’s conversational style is engaging and uplifting as he opens up the life-changing truth of God’s Word in this book. He shows us how susceptible we are to rely on our own abilities rather than God’s great grace. (review from amazon.co.uk by S. Toovey )
This wonderful survey of the impact and outworking of God’s grace in the life of the believer will revitalise the most threadbare faith. In his early years as a Christian, Terry Virgo experienced ”zealous but rather condemnation-driven Christianity”. Then, one day, he explains, ”I began to grasp the wonder of God’s glorious grace. I gave myself to fresh study, and then began to preach God’s grace with new freedom, joy and certainty, having personally experienced the complete transformation of my own Christian life.
“Few joys can be compared with discovering the wonder of God’s grace, and I now set this material before you, certain that, if you will give yourself to reading with an open heart and a willing spirit, your whole experience of Christ can also be transformed.
“Grace should never lead to passivity, but to outrageous adventure, a lifestyle that baffles those who play safe. It threatens the status quo not only of tentative religion but also of cynical unbelief. It sets the church free to risk all.”