Dear Church Family
It felt like there was a particular grace for healing as we gathered last Sunday. Here are three testimonies that moved me, although I know there were more.
A child came forward to say that he'd been healed of leg pain in the service. He knew Jesus had touched him.
A man was left virtually speechless because his back-pain disappeared after prayer towards the beginning of the service. Before he left I asked him how he was and he said there was still no pain. I could tell he was surprised that the Lord had healed not somebody else, but him!
A young Iranian man from a Muslim background came to our church for the first time. He had to be dropped off outside as his painful ankle meant he couldn't walk far. The ankle had been injured during his difficult journey to the UK, escaping political oppression. He was now considering following Christ, having been to church elsewhere a few times. He watched the outside baptism on Sunday night and as a result decided to commit to Christ and that he'd get baptised at the next opportunity. He then went back into church to worship, and during the worship experienced God's powerful presence. He knew something was happening in his ankle. So he went to our toilets and began hitting it against the wall to check there was no pain or residual damage. There was none. It was well. Healed. No-one had prayed for him but Jesus had touched him. He was so full of joy! Since then he's been telling everyone about how Jesus has healed him, and is looking forward to being baptised.
Sunday evening's baptism was that of a young woman who, earlier that day had decided to follow Jesus. Baptising outside was particularly powerful and as we did that, combined with singing God's praise, it sparked quite a lot of interest from passers by! It was quite a time.
Our good Father is at work amongst us. The bible says 'let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story' (Psalm 107:2). What stories do you have to share of God at work in your life ... your Belfrey Group ... your church? If you're part of The Belfrey, these are your stories. Our stories. So let's share them. With those who believe and those who don't yet. As we tell the stories, faith rises and there's an opportunity for the Lord to do something similar again. It's the power of testimony.
PS. Please note that during the six Sundays in the summer (29th July - 2nd September) we will slow down and run our Sunday services slightly differently. Instead of 3 services, we will move to 2, with one service in the morning at 10.30am and one at 6pm (for four of the 6 Sundays). On Sunday mornings this will provide an opportunity to meet people from other congregations and we hope create a good sense of us being family together. Also, many people will be away on holiday too, so it makes sense to do this slightly differently. More details of this will appear in the coming weeks.