Having visited this church on Sunday, I can see why C.J. frequently describes his home church as “the dearest place on earth.” Somehow I suspect if I, too, had been a part of this church for decades, then I would feel the same way. It was a real joy just to be able to pose as “guests” on a fairly typical Sunday morning, and even get to observe some baptisms.
I know some of you will want to know what the church was like. Well, it is hard to put into words. What I can say is that their commitment to the Bible and pursuing the active presence of God was clearly reflected in the service. Their bookshop is probably the best quality Christian bookstore in the world — their careful selection of books means every resource in there seems like it is guaranteed to feed your soul. Their facility is beautifully designed and well cared for.
I want to pass on a big thank you to all the people from Covenant Life Church who have been so kind to me. This is a church which is characterised by incredible humility, gentleness, generosity, and warmth. I did have the advantage of knowing a few of these folk before, of course (in some cases purely online) — but every single person who shook my hand at the church welcomed me in an amazing way. It was great to be among the family of God.I believe that the global Church has much to learn from these people. I certainly learnt a lot myself this weekend, and the memories will remain with me for years to come.