Dear Church Family
It's 500 years this year since Martin Luther called the church to return to its biblical foundations and began what became known as the Reformation. As we remember this anniversary it particularly reminds us of the importance of the Bible and how God's Word is meant to shape the life of every disciple and the church, and as a result transform society. In these days when biblical values are regularly challenged and even criticised (both outside and even inside the church) this Luther500 anniversary is a good reminder to us all to be grateful for these battles of old and to be daily reading Scripture so that we can not only know what the Bible says but live out it's message through our lives. Next week Kensington Temple, one of the larger churches in London is holding a special Luther500 conference, subtitled 'Releasing the Power of the Reformation for the 21st Century.' It's great that Greg Downes is one of the key-note speakers. Please pray for Greg as he speaks and that all who attend are inspired to live biblically.
As I think of being inspired, so I'm writing this Friday Message from Wydale Hall where I'm away with the core team for New Wine Inspire conference. It's great to hear stories of people encountering the Lord and being transformed at August's Inspire, and we're excited as we make plans for 2018. Why not mark the dates in you diary now, and make Inspire a priority for your summer next year? The dates are 17-21st August, in Thirsk.
Back in York the Lord it's great to see the Lord building his church, evidenced in at least seven people making commitments to Christ at our services last Sunday, plus some healings too. Please pray that these people who've taken first steps in following Jesus will stay connected with the church family and begin to develop strong foundations for a life of discipleship. This Sunday we celebrate harvest. As a way of celebrating God's rich provision it's good that we can give from our abundance to those who have very little, so please do bring non-perishable food items and toiletries to church so we can give to Carecent and Never Give Up, two inspiring ministries caring for the underprivileged in York. This Sunday I'll also be bringing a message that I believe has a prophetic edge, as we consider what the Lord is saying to us as we look ahead. Please pray that as we gather this weekend the Lord will pour our his Spirit, and that as we disperse we will each play our part in serving his transformation of York and the North.