Something new is happening in Oxford this spring, as Oxford Community Church embarks on an exciting new adventure – and you can join in! Many people will be taking annual leave in the week Sunday 30th April to Saturday 6th May 2017, and I encourage you to consider doing the same, so that you don’t miss out on anything in this transformative week.
In my last couple of posts, I’ve began to share about key prophetic messages that have been heard by Oxford Community Church since it was founded in 1985, and which we have seen fulfilled.
Last week, I began to share about key prophetic messages that have been heard by Oxford Community Church since it was founded in 1985, and which we have seen fulfilled. I recalled the founding promise [#1), that a city would come out of a village.
In this post, I will describe four more promises fulfilled, and I hope you'll see just how audacious these ideas seemed when they were first spoken about.
When God makes promises, he keeps them!
We hear those promises most clearly through the Scriptures, and God then also speaks today through that gift of the Holy Spirit called ‘prophecy.’
About six weeks ago, at our last Church Family Meeting, Stu Larkin encouraged us not to lose hope regarding what God has promised us, but to continue praying until we see those things happen.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen about researching my family tree. Before I started, I spoke to my dad’s cousin, who has already looked into our past, and she told me, ‘Be warned! It gets very absorbing.’
Indeed, it does.
I have discovered that I am not what I thought I was. I am a Jones, but not very Welsh after all and at least as Irish, whilst most of my ancestors were Gloucestershire farmhands.
When I first became a pastor at the age of 25, I had the strange idea that perhaps 10%, or maybe 20%, of people had really profound personal problems, but that the majority really have it together.
How naïve was I?
I have since learnt that everyone is broken in some way, and the only real difference between us all is how good we are at covering it up!
Will we become more loving by examining our heart, or by spending time with people in need?
Will we gain more faith by analysing our doubts, or by meditating on inspired and inspiring words?
Will we become more joyful by asking why we’re sad, or by doing something joyous?
This coming Sunday, we reach the very end times. Probably not literally, but what we will do is finish our Sunday run-through of ‘God’s Big Picture,’ the story of the whole Bible in eight chapters.
I’m delighted that Ian Paul, popular theological blogger at psephizo.com, will be joining us to tell the last past of the story, in which the horizon stretched out towards eternity, and in which the ‘kingdom of God’ is finally made perfect.
Every four years, our screens are graced with the Winter Olympics, bringing to our attention some unusual sports, like curling, which involves a hall of ice, big stones and some energetic brushing. It’s fascinating to watch, but most of us haven’t a clue what’s going on or why the players do what they do.
So, we rely on a commentator to explain to us quite what’s going on. They can tell us what the players are trying to do, and why. Their commentary turns a bamboozling series of events into something really meaningful.