Sunday, September 06, 2009

By this we know love: First back-to-back Sunday at Frontiers Church Exeter

This morning was different to previous Sunday mornings. I left the house just after 9am to walk to church for our first early meeting (9.30am) and was there through to the second (11.30am) after which we had the pleasure of eating with some of our new home group family.

It was good to gather to continue our 'all of life' worship together with the church family, with Matt Giles leading us. We learned a new song from Sovereign Grace Music, By this we know love which was great, and welcomed good contributions in prayer, revelations, tongues and interpretations from the members of the church in both meetings, with elder Andy Arscott speaking on being filled with the Spirit, with a call to worship God and serve one another.

Our new meetings are smaller at this stage but were still well attended and we have some new challenges with keeping to a tight timing, but generally it all seemed to flow well. Next Sunday I'll be kicking off our new six month series in Proverbs which is something I'm looking forward to, though I have some work to do to finish my preparation and I'm trusting that God will provide the stamina to preach twice in one morning., and grace for the strangeness of speaking on the same passage in the same room to different people...

By this we know love that He laid down His life
God’s very own Son, came from Heaven to die
Suspended He hung, as he shed His own blood
What grace in His pardon, by this we know love

5 comments:

  1. Just a question, when services are run that tightly do you just finish the service then get the next batch in? Tight time keeping? Why the rush? The way Christians run Sundays seems more like a business rather than a family of brothers and sisters spending time with their father. Can you imagine Jesus breaking bread with the disciples..'hurry up guys, the next lot of disciples will be here soon, you need to get out of here sharpish!'

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  2. There's a half hour break in between - so there is some flex in the system, to give us both time with our Father and with our brothers and sisters. And of course, it is possible to continue both over a coffee or over lunch too.

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  3. I guess the other factor is that we've gone back to back at an inconvenience ourselves so that we can reach our city better, by having more space to bring in friends, people who drop in, or come in via homegroups or alpha courses etc. It's not ideal for us but we're on a mission to our city...

    Time will tell if it works but we're giving it a go! :)

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  4. "we've gone back to back at an inconvenience ourselves so that we can reach our city better"

    Amen. I can't imagine Jesus saying .'hurry up guys, the next lot of disciples will be here soon, you need to get out of here sharpish!' - but he did in effect say "come and chill out with me, oh never mind here's alot of people who need ministering too..."

    Also "By this we know love" - great song. You can watch the video here

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