Bramhall Baptist Blog March 2021

As Spring begins to appear and, due to the vaccine program, COVID-19 is currently receding, the possibility of a return to our way of life 12 months ago gets ever nearer. And yet, there is still time for reflection that as individuals and as a church we should not simply slip back into the ways that we were operating previously. Luke 24 v32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”. If during the last year we have prayed more, read the Bible more, met in new ways for example on Zoom, does that need to stop ? (Well maybe Zoom!). If we have found lockdown hard, disconnecting and troublesome do we need to continue in that way?

Or could we find that in seeking to know the Lord more we are changed and that our hearts are burning within us too as we live our lives closer to Jesus. For if this is true then we should ask that God would give us more energy and more urgency to share the good news of Jesus Christ as we have been learning about in Mark’s gospel in Sunday services. We can then look forward to a time of change in all our lives with excitement. John 1 v 40 “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.”

Stephen Burr.