If I was to say two word that for me summarises my present focus – its is COMMUNITY and GLORY.
Everyone is searching, wanting, needing, looking to belong, to be loved, to be a part of something bigger that matters. For a long time Church has been an exclusive community, a walled in garden that has it’s own language, traditions and structures, that to0 many people (myself included) find difficult to feel a part of. It’s just not home. It’s just not family unless you conform.
But people are finding each other. A gathering of sorts is taking place. A drawing together. Hubs are being created. Not structures but families, places of more than religion. Wells. And as I recently read a quote “Jesus didn’t hang out at the synagogue, he hung out at wells.” Good one! Jesus walked amongst the people.
We have to recognise the era we live in has changed and we must more than react, we must innovate, we must pioneer.
I think Papa has a dream. A dream he is going to fulfil again. Like in the Bible in Acts, where the people became more than church meetings, they became family and met together daily in each others homes, eating and being with gladness and sincerity, enjoying each other, enjoying God, and God was with them. The light was so bright, miracles became normal and daily were there being added to them those that are being saved. People are looking for this light again.
It’s coming. Real life. Real community. Family.
Moses knew the glory was a major point. He said to God “What else will distinguish us from all the other people in the world?” The church seems to have forgotten this. We have moved away from the fire and the cloud. We have forgotten who we are. We are meant to be the glory carriers. Religion has shut the fire down in Wales. Religion has shut down a generation.
Having tried to connect into the church here, I’ve realised the only way to be accepted here is to trade off the glory, trade off Holy Spirit, get rid of much of what defines us and thrills us and excites us. Recently the City leaders refused to advertise or endorse our conference with Ian Clayton because we used the word ‘Mystic School’. Yet Christ is called the “Mystic Secret of God” (*See Colossians 2:2, 1 Tim 3:9 and 1 Tim 3:16 Amplified).
What has happened to church? When did church become so tame, so safe?
The church wants to demystify God, make him understandable, predictable even. But that’s not who He is. He is a Mystery. He is Dangerous. He is unpredictable. He is love. Love will mess you up if you will let it. There needs to be an interruption!
Holy Spirit is more than an optional extra. He is the Spirit of Life. Without him moving we have nothing left but pretty lights and nice songs. I wasn’t born for that. We were born to burn. To be intoxicated and thrilled by Heaven. To live in the joy of the Gospel. Overwhelmed. In Ecstasy because of God. A Glorious messy family.
Forgetting what is behind we press on… there is so much more!
Wildfire nation rising.