August 18, 2012

Excitement in Church Planting #1

Well that was enough church planting disappointment for one blog-week, now for some excitement.  Soon and very soon (er, tomorrow – Ed) we have the first gathering of Providence Church’s Midland plant.  As we say in theological parlance – “Woohoo!”. I thought I would provide you with some details of what to expect.

Meeting Venue Description (warning: Real Estate Speak follows – Ed):

A cosy heritage building with all of the period features that you would come to expect in a “between the wars” property (the McAlpine’s 1929 clapboard and iron cottage – Ed). With three large (small – Ed) meeting rooms (lounge room, kitchen, Sophie’s bedroom – Ed) the building affords plenty of room (no room at all – Ed) to grow. Complete with cold and hot (lukewarm – Ed) running (dripping – Ed) water, it is proof that they don’t make buildings like this anymore (The most up-to-date building codes ensure higher levels of safety, non-toxicity of product and over-engineering of roof timbers – Ed). All in all we can’t think of a better place to start the Providence Midland gathering (the local primary school said “no” – Ed).

Personnel Description by SIGHT:

A rag-tag group of families, young marries, children, new Christians, tired Christians and some people interested in Jesus.  Often weary, always on the go, and working longish hours with a freeway crawl from and to home.

Personnel Description by FAITH:

A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that they may proclaim the excellencies of him who called them out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10  Once they were not a people, but now they are God’s people; once they had not received mercy, but now they have received mercy.

And that, folks, is why I am so excited about it.

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There is no guarantee that Jesus will return in our desired timeframe. Yet we have no reason to be anxious, because even if the timeframe is not guaranteed, the outcome is! We don’t have to waste energy being anxious; we can put it to better use.

Stephen McAlpine – futureproof

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