Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | June 28, 2013

The Strong Word June 2013

(Apologies that this post is a month late!)

 

 Following our very positive church meeting on 1st May, and with my tongue in my cheek, I am wondering if Carey ought to be renamed “Lazarus Baptist Church.”

You will recall in John Chapter 11 that Lazarus was taken ill and died. Jesus came to see the family a few days later and raised him from the dead, enabling him to return to being a loving brother to Mary and Martha, as well as the good influence that he was in his village and his community.

Lazarus was raised, however, just for a season, not at that point to the everlasting life we believe we have as Christians because of our relationship with Jesus Christ.

At the church meeting, we believed that like Lazarus we have a new season of life and opportunity at Carey, not for the long term as we said, but for a season, a period of ten or so years, when we can use what we have to make the most of the position and our good relationships at Carey –for the benefit of our friends and our community.

We will need to remain focused and brave as we deal with the issues that “life” throws at us on this journey and as we seek to become fit for purpose in the 21st Century. We will also need to find some money from somewhere! It was also said that it is not just the buildings that need to be fit, We do too! The church is just the tool, and workers are required to use the tools the building provides for us.

I have been encouraged by attendances at house group and prayer meetings, by the positive attitudes around in the church. I hope and pray that we will all pay attention to our own walk with the Lord over the next few months so that we shall be able to respond with obedience and enthusiasm as we note the needs of the fellowship and we hear the voice of the Lord prompt us.

We have often talked of doors slammed in our faces. It seems there is a door opening through which we are all called to walk in faith. May the Lord bless us as we seek his will and way.

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