In Jesus Name…

Tonight we prayed again. Around 200 names to pray for. Names that people from Xcel Church wrote down recently. Family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues. People we want to see become Christians.

Tonight we prayed for them all. Believing for a harvest of souls, for salvation to come to people’s homes, for lives to be changed. Praying for those who wrote the name down to have boldness and courage in the Holy Spirit and to take the opportunity we are praying that God can engineer for you.

We pray like it depends on God. We work like it depends on us.

Really got stuck on praying for the names on the tables that represent the Prodigals, the lost that we want to see return home. In Luke 15:17 it says that the young man ‘came to his senses’ and that was my prayer tonight. That wherever they are in the world, whatever they are doing, they would come to their senses and whether they think they have it good or otherwise they will remember what it was like in their Father’s House. In Jesus name they will come home.

Keep praying. Keep asking. Keep standing in faith for all the names you wrote. I am genuinely excited to see people we have prayed for coming into the Kingdom. Oh and by the way, do me a favour ~ let me know when something happens. When you have a conversation. When you invite and they say yes. When you lead someone to the Lord. However small, it encourages our faith!

Why not join me next Friday night. 7pm at the Xcel Centre and we can stand together to see the breakthrough.

Amazing

Today I went to the Commissioning Service for this years 50 or so PAIS Apprentices. It was quite a humbling experience watching all these young people from across the globe getting ready to head out as missionaries for Jesus.

Leaving home is not a new thing. I did it when I went to University. Leaving home, moving from one country to another, staying with people you don’t know and choosing to truly live by faith – that’s a little more unusual. It’s pretty amazing!!

I know it’s not for all of us. Our time for taking a year out for God has passed. Or has it?

Now, I’m not advocating that we all sign up for PAIS but there is a challenge here for us, if we are up for it.

How about we commit to give our next year to God, to take a year and be ready for the adventure, to truly live by faith and be missionaries for Him?

We don’t need to leave home to do this. We don’t need to stop working to do this. We don’t need to make any changes really, except for one thing.

Be ready to stand for Jesus when called to do so. Be ready to share your story to someone. Be ready to serve the Kingdom of God. Be ready to do something to reach another person. BE READY.

That’s amazing. That’s the Commission. That’s what we have all received as followers of Jesus…

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. [Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭19-20‬ NKJV]

Finished Reading Matthew

It’s been great to read the Gospel of Matthew – especially knowing that many others were reading the same scriptures, at the same time. Seemed to bring an extra dimension to the whole thing – great discussions along the way.

My final thoughts:
Matthew 26: Don’t follow Jesus at a distance.
That’s what Peter did. When you follow at a distance it makes it easier to deny.
Sticking closer to Jesus means there should be less danger of anything getting in between you & your Saviour.

Matthew 28: Go…
It’s a simple mandate really. 4 things that we can all be involved in – at any level…
GO
MAKE DISCIPLES
BAPTISE THEM
TEACH THEM

So…
what did you enjoy the most reading through Matthew?
what challenged you the most when reading Matthew?
have you changed anything as a result of reading Matthew?