Dear Church Family
It was great to see many of you last night at the first of three Encountering God Together evenings. We looked at Abraham's encounter with God in Genesis 18 and prayed that both we and many people in our city and region would be encountering the Lord in 2017. I shared at The Belfrey's Sunday congregations last week that this call to 'encounter' is a particular word the Lord wants us to embrace as we go into 2017. I prepared a short message about this at the end of last year which Belfrey Media have produced into a film which was shown at the end of the services on Sunday. If you missed it, or would like to hear it again or perhaps listen to it in your Belfrey Group, you can watch it below.
As we pray for many to encounter God this year, so we're preparing for our next Alpha course, which will take place on Wednesday evenings starting in a few weeks time. Please begin thinking and praying now about who you should invite. This will be different to previous Alphas. Great food and stimulating small group discussion will stay, but instead of live talks, participants will watch the brilliantly produced Alpha film series. If you want a taster for how good these are, watch the trailer at the end of this message.
Finally, as we continue in this period of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, may I encourage you not just to fast, but to seek God as you fast. Let's all try to make some space each day to slow down and listen to God as we pray and read the Scriptures, and then do what the Lord says. That's the way fasting becomes effective fasting.