For me, once I have prioritized my own personal inner life and relationship with God, then my dear family, a clear third place in my affections is given without a moment’s doubt to my local church. Family does come before the church, but of course our church is like an extension of my family and we all love being a part of it. It is hard to believe that it was as long ago as 1995 that we first joined our current church.
This past year has been another amazing one for all of us at Jubilee London. Serving as part of the core team and a regular preacher in this vibrant, multicultural, growing church is one of the biggest privileges of my life. It is no wonder that so many of our leaders and people are saying things like, “I have no intention of leaving.” I know, for us as a family, we currently believe that we will be here for at least twenty more years, and are thrilled at the prospect. Why would we want to go anywhere else?
Who could forget our international giving day or the day we turned our main service into church in the park, or for that matter, the day the whole church got an invitation to a wedding? (Sadly I missed both the last two of these events, with the latter happening while George was being born.) The memorable events went on—Alpha, new small groups, clusters of small groups meeting together, men’s and women’s days, and of course, lots of different kinds of food from all over the world. People becoming Christians, getting healed, and yes, a couple of them dying very well, still full of faith in the Jesus that has now welcomed them into heaven. These wonderful memories will go on and on, but they just keep growing as more keep getting added!
Over the course of the last year we were also thrilled to have a number of well-known preachers visit us. I am humbled that I am still asked to share God’s Word with the congregation. I preached ten times this past year, and all the audio and notes are available on the pages of this blog as follows:
- How to Define Revival and be Revived Personally
- Reviving Prayer (1 Kings 17:1 to 2 Kings 2:14)
- The Reviving Power of God’s Word (Psalm 119)
- Resurrection Hope—An Easter Sermon (1 Corinthians 15)
- Missional Bible Study (Psalm 119)
- Abraham—The First Missional Believer
- Jacob—The Missional Rebel
- Alive Together With Christ (Ephesians 2:1-10)
- The Christian’s Warfare (Ephesians 6)
- The Risen Jesus (Revelation 1)
Many of you will never get to visit our church, although, of course, we would be happy to welcome any of you! But you can visit with us by listening to our messages available as a podcast or at Jubilee Church’s website.