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February 2014

February 3, 2014

 

Thoughts From The Cottage 

Dear Friends

Everybody who comes into our building is impressed. The things that stand out are the concourse coffee bar, the size and equipment of the kitchen and the well cared for interior of the buildings. Many people comment how fortunate we are to have such superb facilities. On top of that many people comment on the warmth of the welcome and the fantastic amount of community use of the building. Maybe it is easier for visitors to see what we take for granted. Equally we are much more aware of the difficulties and faults than outsiders are.

The monthly quiz often attracts over fifty people, Tuesday coffee now usually reaches double figures, Lunch Club caters for up to sixteen people, Christmas Cracker attracted over two hundred people, the Candlelight Carol Service was enjoyed by over one hundred and fifty visitors and we had thirty visitors in the Christmas Midnight Communion. We regularly get enquiries about new hall lettings and most groups meeting on our premises are thriving. We have so much going for us.

Here comes the but! We may be an excellent social club or community centre but that is not what God called us to be. Yes he wants us to do every thing that we do to the best of our ability. We have to be a good showcase for God’s love for His world. But what God called us to be is a church, a group of people committed to Him, faithful to Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit who are actively engaged in building God’s kingdom here on earth and sharing the good news of the gospel with everyone we meet.

If we are honest this is what lets us down. We are nervous of talking about God with family, neighbour and friend. We are not very good at inviting family, neighbour and friend to church with us. On top of this our lifestyle, manner and desires are not always helpful to the building of God’s kingdom. Yet if we do not grasp this then none of the good things listed above matter. Our prime purpose as a church is to grow the church.

How do we do this? Firstly we continue to build our relationship with God by spending more time in private and public Bible study, prayer and worship in order that we may know Him and His will better. The best way to get to know anyone is to spend time with them. The next best is to find out about through mutual friends and by reading about them. So secondly we talk with people who have a deep relationship with God and read about him in contemporary Christian books.

When we get to know and trust someone we accept their invitation to do things, some of which we would never have thought of doing ourselves. Likewise with God, the closer our relationship with Him, the more trusting of Him we become, the more willing to do what He asks us to do and the more outgoing we become as a Christian. We wear our faith on the outside as well as on the inside.

I believe God is calling us as individual Christians, as the Beacon Church Centre and as Churches Together in B45 to be more pro-active in sharing our faith in 2014. I hope and pray that we are ready to step up to the mark and respond to God’s call.

Ian

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