Dear Church Family,
I am now at the beginning of my fourth year in York and as part of the Belfrey family. One of the highlights of each week is our Monday morning staff gathering, which is not so much for governance and administration as much as it is for fellowship and encouragement. One feature of this gathering is that nearly every week we have an opportunity for people to share testimony of things the Lord has been doing in our lives, either individually or collectively. This past Monday, as so often is the case, there wasn't enough time for everyone to speak, as person after person shared encouraging stories of tokens of the kingdom demonstrated among us.
Last Sunday Matthew preached on faith, and highlighted the power of testimony to increase faith among us, activating the expectation that God might do that work again. A curious verse in Revelation 9:10 seems to bear this out: "The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Many interpret this as meaning that when we testify about the power of Jesus among us, it acts as a kind of prophetic word, so that what was shared in the testimony has the potential to occur again to someone else.
This was my experience last year when, preaching at the Belfrey, I shared the story of a woman who had come to Christ and that very night had slept peacefully throughout the night, for the first time in years (she had suffered from insomnia, and had only been able to sleep an hour or two each night). The Sunday after that sermon, another woman came to talk to me in the coffee hour, and told me that she too had been healed of insomnia (she had not been able to sleep for about a year, since taking part in a sleep study that had disturbed her normal pattern). She informed me that she knew the healing had taken place when she heard me share the testimony of the other lady's healing in my sermon. Sure enough she went home and slept blissfully for the next seven nights - and, not surprisingly, had felt like a new woman!
Let's continue to cultivate becoming a community of testimony - speaking out all that Jesus is doing among us. For when we do, we are prophetically enacting a prayer, "Do it again Lord." May the Lord continue to work powerfully among us, to His praise and glory alone.
Theologian and Missioner