Since returning from their sabbatical , Ian and Erika have shared several times that if we want to see a move of God within our church , we need to be seeking personal holiness. Last week Scott Dalton preached on the need to be aware of our idols, which are anything we seek to put before God. These are two big challenges – a call to be holy and a call to renounce our idols.
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Let me remind you about our vision here at ECB.
Our vision is to lead people to a place where they can experience fullness of life through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full”.
Patience and Perseverance
Well here’s two words that can be rather annoying.
In the times I’ve had these words given to me, I’ve shouted inwardly “really – again?”, sighed, and resigned myself to a long wait while shelving my immediate plans. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is The Lords purpose that prevails… (Proverbs 12.21)
Last week we celebrated Harvest and took a collection for Bicester foodbank. Harvest is a time for all of us to be thankful for God’s provision in our lives and particularly to thank God for our food. It is also a time to give.
Last week our small group was looking at how Elijah prayed for rain after a three-year drought (1 Kings 18:41-46). It reminded us that someone the Bible describes as “being human just like us” (Jas.5:17 Message Version) can, when living right with God, see mighty answers to prayer.
A little time ago, while praying, I had an image of Jesus washing my feet. He looked up and asked: “What sort of leader do you want to be?”
I had such a strong sense that I wanted to be kneeling beside Jesus, loving and serving others – while at the same time knowing how poor I am at doing this.