Pastor’s Blog June 2017

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

On our recent visit to Redcar, Margaret and I went to Amazing Grace a growing church in Middlesbrough. As is my way when visiting other churches I was on the lookout for ideas I could steal (borrow!).

But when it came to new ideas I was disappointed. Although we enjoyed the service, there was nothing that we would want to transfer to BBC, no new idea that explained their growth, no new ministry that was key to their success.

Rather what struck me forcibly was simply the high level of expectation that was encouraged by the leaders. Throughout the service there was a strong sense that they believed and expected that God was going to work through the people of the church that people would be saved and some might be healed that God was going to do stuff both in the service but more importantly as people went about their normal lives throughout the week.

I was challenged by that.

It’s so easy for us to lose our sense of expectancy. For disappointment and discouragement to temper our sense of what God might choose to do among us.

What are our expectations for BBC?

Do we expect God to be present and active as we meet together?

Do we expect people to be saved through our ministry?

Jesus clearly saw a link between what we expect and what we receive. This month is Pentecost. We celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church. The fulfilment of Jesus’ promise recorded above, when like a mighty rushing wind the Spirit came upon the disciples and they were transformed.

We need I believe that same mighty rushing wind of the Holy Spirit to come and blow away our cobwebs of discouragement and disappointment and create within us both a longing and an expectancy that God would be powerfully at work in us and through us.

 

Phil Dixon