Super Sunday

It’s the Every nation London SUPER SUNDAY this weekend!
This Sunday, our three congregations come together as one for an awesome service of celebration and empowering. We are privileged to have Trevor Botha, our church plant leader from Gent in Belgium, as our guest speaker. Against all odds, this church plant under Trevor & Yvette’s leadership is growing dynamically, and we are believing for a huge impartation and a release of fresh mission momentum in our church and your life.

  • Free light lunch for all:  We invite everyone to stay and connect for a while after the service where we will provide free sandwiches / wraps, drinks and crisps for all.
  • Students and Youth mixers: There will be separate gatherings for you over lunch
  • Summer Youth Camp volunteers: If you are interested in considering joining our team to lead this years summer youth camp 3-7 Aug, there will be a 20 minute briefing meeting from 1pm – if you come you will get a special dessert!

“Building in Belgium” offering at Super Sunday
We don’t often take up extra financial offerings except for our missions and church planting initiatives. But we believe that we have a unique opportunity to invest in the awesome work God is doing in Belgium at the moment. Our church there is bursting at the seams in its current venue, and we want to raise at least £5,000 to help them do a venue move that will position them for even greater fruitfulness in a land desperately in need of Jesus.  Please consider giving towards this over and above your regular giving to the ministry, and partner with us as we continue planting churches across Europe. You can also give online here (please indicate that the offering is for Belgium) or give on any of the Sundays in May towards this goal. Thank you for standing in faith for this breakthrough in Belgium!

Travel Information for Sunday:
For those planning to drive from the east, please note that the London marathon takes place on Sunday. Please make sure you check your routes.
For those driving from the west, the good news is that the Hammersmith flyover repairs have been completed and the will be open both ways this weekend!
Because something powerful happens when the church gets together in unity…
Writing the mission

Join UP, not DOWN today…

Posted: April 18, 2015 in Uncategorized
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I’m getting ready for our next FOLLOW ONE, which is  the first part of The Follow Course starting this Monday (Sorry, but this course is now fully booked – the next one will be run over the 4 Thursdays in August – sign up for that course here)

In this first part we dig into the amazing truth of who God really is, and how we can have a confident secure and life-giving relationship with Him. This is SO important, because who you believe someone to be, and what you know of them, will completely determine how you relate to them.

In my preparation I came across this revelation from the story of the prodigal son, in verse 15 of Luke 15, which describes what happens to him once he had left his fathers house:

“Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.”

In life we make “Join UP” or join DOWN” choices. Our choices of who and what we join ourselves to take us either UP or Screen Shot 2015-04-18 at 11.37.28
DOWN.They will either bless your life, or pull you down into the pigsty places of life. The decisions and choices we make (“He went”) have consequences: Choose wisely where you go, and who you join yourself to. They will determine your relationships/belonging (“He joined himself”), and your significance / purpose (“he sent him”).

The original word for “join” here is kolláō, which literally means “to glue together” (To bond, cleave, adhere to).  Don’t take joining choices lightly, because who and what you join yourself to will determine your belonging and your significance; your relationships and your purpose. You cant separate your purpose from the people you walk with, as they are totally intertwined.

So my friends, choose well today. Choose what is true, and choose Him who is Truth. Jesus said that “I am the way the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Read another way, Jesus is saying that “anyone can come to the Father through Me!” – that includes you, and when you come, you find relationship with God, and you find a purpose for living the life God created you for!

“Join” yourself to Jesus today, and find life in all its fullness!

By the way, if you want some wisdom on “How to make good decisions” – see this mini series I did on Youtube here:

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Our next FOLLOW COURSE in Hammersmith starts Monday 20 April.

Whether you are a new believer, or well established in your faith, this course is proving to be rich & relevant to all.  We are confident that this will establish you in rich confident relationship with God, and lay the foundations to launch you into all God has called you to as His disciple.

You can read more about it online here, or register for free here now. 

  • Each evening starts with a light meal at 19.15, and finishes by 21.15.
  • It runs over four Mondays, taking a break over the Bank holiday weekend at the beginning of May.

We hope you can join us!

Jesus said to them: “Come, follow Me…” 

P.S. If you missed last Sunday, here’s a link to the message called “The Art of Loving Well with maturity”  – Let’s keep growing UP!  And here’s the video version:

What do you do during the “in-between”? When all you have is a promise? We remember on Good Friday, and celebrate on Resurrection Sunday. But what do we do on the Saturday in-between? What do you do while you are waiting for the promise to be fulfilled, when everything in the natural seems to say “it’s over.”? Here’s a thought: ENTER GOD’s REST.

At the end of Luke chapter 23, after Jesus was crucified and buried, we read about the women who had followed Jesus and seen Him crucified and then buried. Then we read this about them:  Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath…”

Jesus was dead. They themselves could do nothing to change anything. They didn’t get frantic and try to dig up the grave. They RESTED in faith. True rest is when you are fully persuaded that God is working while you are trusting Him, even when all you can see in the natural is a grave.

I am fully convinced that Jesus fulfilled all the law regarding the Old Testament sabbath and sabbath keeping.  The details of the OT sabbath laws (just like all the others) were impossible for anyone to keep fully. The OT sabbath was “a shadow of the good things to come,” but the reality / fulfilment / substance is Christ Himself. ” (Col 2:16-17). Through faith in Christ, we find true rest in Him.

Our sabbath as new testament believers is not one day in seven, but everyday in Jesus.

Sabbath rest is the Hebrew word sabat, which means “to rest or stop or cease from work.” We can only be saved by His work, not ours. By grace through faith, not by our works. I believe that it is good to have a rhythm of rest for your body and soul – even one in seven – but please don’t mistake this for having any value for finding true rest, which is only through faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:9-11).

While everything seemed over, The women rested on the next day, waiting for the promise of the resurrection to be fulfilled.

If your life season right now seems to be in the dark between death/burial and resurrection, I want to encourage you today to enter the rest of Jesus, because His promises are sure, and signed off guaranteed by His resurrection from the dead. Here’s a 2 minute video message with my thoughts on this…

MORE REST: For more of my thoughts on “entering God’s rest, see here.

Berlin Fernsehturm Sunset

Calling anyone who has a heart to be a part of impacting Europe for Jesus! Our annual Every Nation Europe Leadership Summit (ELS) takes place in the great city of Berlin this year, 3-5 June.

Our theme is “GO EUROPE: Equipping leaders for greater discipleship momentum in Europe,” and we are super privileged to have pastor Steve Murrell as our keynote equipper.   We believe that the church’s primary mission is “to make disciples.” It’s one thing to want to “make one”, but “how do I make one?” Specifically, how do we do this effectively as individual and churches in a European context?  This is what ELS 2015 is about: Equipping leaders for greater discipleship momentum in Europe.

  • FOR WHO? The event is open to everyone who shares this passion, whatever your “title.”
  • DATES:  Starts 17.00 on Wednesday 3 June, finishes 22.00 on Friday 3rd June. (So travel in on Wednesday, back on Saturday)
  • REGISTRATION: You can find all details and online registration on our new EN Europe website here.
  • NOTE: There is a big Europe Football Champions League Final in Berlin on the Saturday following, which means accommodation is scarce for the Friday evening stay. So please book early to get a good flight and place to stay – recommendations are online.

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the “induction” of my friend Steve Morris as Vicar of Saint Cuthbert’s church in London’s North Wembley. It all started about 11 years ago, when Cath, a member of our congregation who was working for the Morris’ was having a conversation about spiritual things with Steve’s wife Christine, and invited her to a church service at Every Nation London.  Christine came and when she got home said to Steve “you should come”. Steve famously replied:“I’ll come, but only if nothing changes!” 

Well he did come, and encountered something / Someone who grabbed all his attention. After a season of seeking through the services, Connect Groups, and one-on-one’s, Steve surrendered his life to Christ as Lord and Saviour! IMG_8624

Along the journey of growing as a disciple, one day Steve asked me for suggestions for further study, and I pointed him to a summer apologetics course run by RZIM in Oxford. Soon Steve made a commitment to leave his lucrative business career and had signed up for the whole year course, which then turned into a full commitment towards ordination in the Anglican church, and now he is vicar at St Cuthbert’s!

Of course so much more has changed than just his vocation, and as I stood in the service seeing the whole Morris family involved – Christine and the girls leading passionate worship, and Steve being inducted – I could not help but thank God for Cath being sensitive and bold to simply say: “Come to church and see…”

Thanks Cath for starting a spiritual conversation, and for inviting Christine. Jesus still changes everything! 

Yesterday while enjoying the great city celebrating Al’s 50th birthday. I bumped into this hero, Robert Raikes (14 September 1736 – 5 April 1811).  He was an English philanthropist and Anglican layman, noted for his promotion of Sunday schools. That may not seem like something significant to everyone, but this pre-dates state schooling and by 1831 1,250,000 children were being schooled through what he started. This is seen as the first schools of the English state school system.  Search his name and be inspired by his story…