We are about to embark on a very exciting process to see what God has in store for us in the next season of our story. This should give some insight into how we want to hear what God is calling us to.
LifeSwitch exists to connect people to God. We do so because every life is better when Christ is at the centre of it. No matter a persons age, stage, background, bank balance, popularity or position, every life is better with Christ at the core. Nothing else has the power to transform a human heart; to take a selfish person and make them selfless; a greedy person and make them generous; a hurt person and fill them with hope. As person after person allows God to work in them, it’s impossible to tell what God can do through them.
As a church, we want nothing more than to see person after person connect with God and then grow in that connection with Him. John records Jesus’ words that those who remain in Him, and Him in them, will produce much fruit. That they will be His true disciples. That’s our hope, that’s our desire, that’s our driver, to see every individual connect with Him, remain in Him and Him in them.
As we look back at where we’ve come from, we have so much to be thankful for, so many times we have seen God provide, and do what only He can do. And it’s important to reflect back, to give thanks, to appreciate and remind ourselves of what God has done.
We now find ourselves in a position where we have clarity about who we are. Here is a brief overview of our mission and values. Yet we really want to hear from God and what direction He wants us to take in this next season. We want Him to guide us into this next season and show us where to go, rather than hoping He will go where we want to go.
So that’s what we are going to do. We are going to seek God, we are going to pray, we are going to talk, we are going to spend time collectively seeking clarity from Him about where to now.
Guiding us is a prayer that Habakkuk prayed, one that reflects our desire to see God work in a powerful way, in our midst, in our day:
Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.
To start things off, we are going to:
1. Start with 7 Days of Prayer
This Sunday, we will hand out a little Prayer Guide and we are asking every LifeSwitcher to commit to getting before God and praying earnestly and with discipline from Monday the 23rd. This Guide outlines an intentional prayer focus for each day.
2. Run two Vision Formation Workshops
In order to get input from as many people as possible, we will run workshops that we’d love as many people as possible (including you) to participate in. The details of these are:
Wednesday the 1st of November – 7pm in Seminar Room 1
Thursday the 2nd of November – 7pm in the Pillars Room.
At these we will be able to feedback on what we have been hearing and seeing as we’ve been praying. We will dream, we will talk, we will question, we will listen.
Please note: each workshop will be the same, we are simply running it twice as we want to make it as easy as possible for as many people to attend. So if you come on the Wednesday there is no need to come on the Thursday and vice versa.
What happens next will be determined by the clarity we receive over the two workshops. It would most likely result in a number of smaller groups of people coming together to look at it all, identify themes, and keep the conversation going.
There is no doubt whatsoever what God plus a group of united, sold out, Jesus-centred people can do. History consistently shows God and people can change the world and we’re believing God will do something remarkable and impactful through us. So together, let’s listen, let’s seek, let’s pray in order to hear what God is saying, so we can get His direction, allowing us to go all out and all in to build the church He desires us to build.
Can’t wait to see what God has in store for us!