This year 2017 our old church building was finally demolished, it had seen better days, I asked our minister to save a brick for me from the old building, he thought a strange request as did many in the church, but here it is an Old brick from the old Crossway United Reformed church. We have now moved to a brand new purpose built building on Hampton Street SE1 Elephant and Castle. The new building has everything you could ever want in a church, it’s very electronic and environmentally friendly. The PA system is exceptional as is the controls for access to the rooms using key fobs, then I began to consider – like all new things we need to learn hot it works and how to work with it to get the best out of the building. For me that is the PA system, state of the art sounds all singing and dancing, it was only by experimenting have I come to realise it cannot do everything and we need to add some bits to get the very best from the system. For example some Sunday’s we have music led by a single flute, I added a foldback speaker so the musician called herself play and tried my newly acquired echo system that I use when playing guitar and singing, it was amazing and the effect although simply added a huge dimension to the sound, many in the congregation said how much they liked the effect, even the musician said it was weird but loved the new set up.
As humans we like the familiar, the known quantity, the stuff that we have grown to understand as the norm. In policing on the front line we come to learn that anything, literally anything can happen and that can take you way out of your comfort zone.
Our Old church was demolished recently and we moved to the new church in 2017, whilst we have a new building developing new attitudes does not come easily, and we have to learn. It is like the exercising of the gifts of the spirit Speaking in tongues or prophecy we are so concerned about getting it wrong, we don’t even try and besides we may look really in front of others our thought processes do not like anything that we find strange, unfamiliar it tends to create fear, fear not based on anything real mostly based upon imaginings, it’s why I think fear has this great acronym FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real.
The word is clear
Romans 12:2 ESV / 784 helpful votes
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
If we don’t step out, how will we know? How will we exercise any gifting if we are afraid to use it? What if we took a leap of faith and not only prayed for a sick person also anointed with oil? What if we fasted and prayed and anointed with oil? What if we were to examine the early church, re-read the amazing things they did in healing, prophecy, evangelising, even poison bites did not affect them, what if we stepped out and explored what God has for us, how much more would the world change through the Gospel backed by miracles? Words of knowledge for example, has God ever given you a word of knowledge for someone?The old church brick reminds me what we came from and the adventure of what can be achieved going forward, if we can stretch out in faith. Renewal of our minds, we may have to delay plans, but God can give us an adventure, we have to leave the old familiar ways of doing things in order to capture and embed the new.
Consider if we could move ourselves out of our own way and focus how much more would be possible because of what Jesus did for us. We all have attitudes, thoughts, ideas, concepts that constrain and limit our thinking. It may be a prejudice, an unforgiveness, a hang-up, a negative thought or an inability to see differently, to see opportunity even in the troubled times, Nothing is impossible for God yet we limit ourselves.
The brick reminds me of firmness, a material that is a rock, can withstand bad weather, it is a unique element and for centuries a building material of choice for its ability to withstand adverse conditions. It may be an old brick but has many stories to tell, there is so much history and yet it’s life as a brick ends with the end of the church and me keeping it for future talks and presentations. It reminds me also of times when I have not caved in to the whims of others, times when I may stand alone but knowing God is with me.
The question always being asked if healing is your need, it may depend on positioning yourself into the right place at the right time with people who have vision and faith God will heal you, perhaps we are indeed our own worst enemy, changing our attitudes and engage with the Lord how much more could be achieved, let us renew our minds, let us be firm and unshaken by events in Manchester and London yet pray for those who were and seek God for global revival and that starts with prayer.