As we started 2013, we desired to hear as a church what God might be saying to us about where we go and what we do. The council felt that we were at a decision point and need to understand our directions. In part this was the motivation behind the recent 5 week sermon series on prayer.
At the end of the 5 weeks, we had a mid week meeting open to all, where we spent the time in worship and listening to God. This was well attended by home groups and others from StB.
This blog post summarizes the evening and what we think God may be saying to us.
Three dominant themes repeatedly emerged, independently yet in harmony.
In addition, it is worth noting that at the last church council meeting everyone seemed to resonate to the phrase "get our house in order before moving on".
This paints a collective idea of "Be prepared". These are challenging words. To be prepared may be threatening to some, but the joy is that God is saying be prepared because he will cause something to happen.
One way to think of this is, its as if Jesus is asking himself the question ... "are they now prepared to face what they will encounter?" I don't think the answer is yet a solid "yes". We need to consider if it's time for each and everyone of us to get serious about some hard choices in relation to StB which are the heart of God for us.
The passage of Matthew 25:1-13 (although it's about the end times) has much to say about being prepared. So let us rejoice that God seeks to work in us and through us, and pray that we as a church will understand and move into what Jesus has prepared.