One Step Along The Way
At the start of this autumn term I outlined a fresh vision for All Saints. To be a church on the way. I have invited you to imagine a community of people from every generation and every background following Jesus. Committed to growing and being transformed by him. Continually being filled by God’s Holy Spirit, going into their communities and lovingly sharing Jesus in actions and words. This is the kind of church family that we want to become. We have not arrived yet, but we are a church on the way. Over the rest of the month I have called us back to five simple habits. Pray, Read, Join, Commit and Give.
The vision is simple and purposeful. At its heart we are called to be the people that God has made us to be. Invited to follow Jesus, growing as his disciples and going into the world. Jesus is for all and died for all, so the vision is also very big. There are about 7000 people that live in Weston and we are sent out to be good news to everyone. It’s helpful to imagine a church that is larger than we are now, about 750 people, that’s just over ten percent of Weston. How do we step into a vision that is bigger than we can achieve in our own strength? One step at a time and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The reason for calling us back to five simple habits is that big vision is achieved one step at a time. As we faithfully bring ourselves before God, choosing to be part of community and living generously. So we make space for the Holy Spirit to lead us. Many have walked this way before us. There will be things to let go of on the way, but the daily call is to run the race by fixing our eyes on Jesus, one step at a time.
Hebrews put it like this:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2
What will be your next step as you follow Jesus?
The Vision - A Church On The Way
The Five Habits of the Way
Additional Data Form - Commit - Help us to become a church on the way.