20 May 2018

Dear Friends,     

Earlier this year, on the 25th of February, one of the great saints of the Church, Prof Brian Gaybba, passed away.  I mention him now because he was brought to my mind this week as I reflected on our celebrations today of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the first believers at Pentecost.

Brian was one of my lecturers when I studied Theology at Rhodes University.  He taught us Systematic Theology which is the discipline of reflection upon the character and purposes of God.  It was not common to offer prayers during lectures, but Brian would start every lecture with a prayer – the same prayer.  He would stand (palms up and together in front of him) and pray:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Charles Spurgeon, the renowned English preacher from the 19th century, who, it is claimed, preached in his life time to over 10 000 000 people often up to 10 times each week in different places, was once asked why he would preach so regularly on Ephesians 5:18?  Which reads, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”  Why would he preach so regularly on being filled with the Spirit?  His answer, “Because I spring leaks.” smiley

At Pentecost God gave us his Spirit so that we could join him in his mission in the world.  I think we have no difficulty at all accepting that God dwelt in Jesus of Nazareth, but to accept that he dwells in you and me is another story.  Yet, the New Testament insists that this is how God fulfils his plan by empowering flawed human beings with his missionary Spirit so that we can move into the world with his Good News for all people. 

This is why we ask God to fill us with his Spirit – regularly smiley.  I invite you to pray this prayer with me…

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

OUR VISION

To see the LOVE and REIGN of God renew the world (Luke 4:43)

OUR MISSION

To be a community of God's people who SERVE the world's needs.  CALL people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.  FORM believers into disciples and GO into the world to proclaim God's Kingdom.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
20 May 2018

Dear Friends,     

Earlier this year, on the 25th of February, one of the great saints of the Church, Prof Brian Gaybba, passed away.  I mention him now because he was brought to my mind this week as I reflected on our celebrations today of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the first believers at Pentecost.

Brian was one of my lecturers when I studied Theology at Rhodes University.  He taught us Systematic Theology which is the discipline of reflection upon the character and purposes of God.  It was not common to offer prayers during lectures, but Brian would start every lecture with a prayer – the same prayer.  He would stand (palms up and together in front of him) and pray:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Charles Spurgeon, the renowned English preacher from the 19th century, who, it is claimed, preached in his life time to over 10 000 000 people often up to 10 times each week in different places, was once asked why he would preach so regularly on Ephesians 5:18?  Which reads, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”  Why would he preach so regularly on being filled with the Spirit?  His answer, “Because I spring leaks.” smiley

At Pentecost God gave us his Spirit so that we could join him in his mission in the world.  I think we have no difficulty at all accepting that God dwelt in Jesus of Nazareth, but to accept that he dwells in you and me is another story.  Yet, the New Testament insists that this is how God fulfils his plan by empowering flawed human beings with his missionary Spirit so that we can move into the world with his Good News for all people. 

This is why we ask God to fill us with his Spirit – regularly smiley.  I invite you to pray this prayer with me…

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

OUR VISION

To see the LOVE and REIGN of God renew the world (Luke 4:43)

OUR MISSION

To be a community of God's people who SERVE the world's needs.  CALL people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.  FORM believers into disciples and GO into the world to proclaim God's Kingdom.