Well, what glorious weather we’ve been having over the last few days! Admittedly, it sometimes feels a little too hot, but I find that the beautiful blue skies and bright sunshine really help to lighten the mood. Maybe that’s because it often reminds me that the eternal heavenly city ‘does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light’ (Revelation 21:23). Can you imagine that? That’ll truly be glorious weather!
We going to continue to dip into the book of Acts over the next few weeks, as we believe it has much to teach us in these challenging days. Today I’m looking at the second part of Acts 11, where we hear more about the amazing spread of the gospel which was initiated by the horrific death of Stephen and the dispersion of the church. You can watch the message by clicking here.
It’s been great to hear that many of you were blessed by the our recording of Way Maker which was part of our service on Sunday. If you would like to watch it again, then please click here. Also, we now have a playlist containing all of the songs that the team have recorded together during lockdown, and you can access that by clicking here.
As you may have heard, churches can reopen from 4th July, and we are awaiting final guidelines as to what that means in practice. Please pray for clarity and courage for the leadership as we discern how to respond to this significant change.
Here’s that wonderful section from Revelation 21 that I quoted from above, which reminds us of what is in store for those who put their hope in Jesus:
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendour into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honour of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
So, let’s not forget to ‘fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal’.
2 Corinthians 4:18